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* The [[MurderInc Dark Brotherhood]] in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'' has this vibe. Besides the authoritarian, no-nonsense leader, members include a [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent Werewolf]] booted from the Companions who also happens to be her husband, a [[DeadpanSnarker snarky]] and legit {{Badass}} [[ScaryBlackMan Scary Redguard]], an ancient [[OurVampiresAreDifferent vampire]] [[UndeadChild forever frozen in the form of a little girl]], a [[GrumpyOldMan grumpy old mage]] who favors [[StuffBlowingUp louder and flashier means of killing]], an [[LizardFolk Argonian]] who may be the last member of a line of Argonian royal spies and assassins, a [[MonsterClown murderous jester]] who is [[CloudCuckoolander completely off his rocker]], and their TeamPet, [[SpidersAreScary a Frostbite Spider]].



* The [[MurderInc Dark Brotherhood]] in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'' has this vibe. Besides the authoritarian, no-nonsense leader, members include a [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent Werewolf]] booted from the Companions who also happens to be her husband, a [[DeadpanSnarker snarky]] and legit {{Badass}} [[ScaryBlackMan Scary Redguard]], an ancient [[OurVampiresAreDifferent vampire]] [[UndeadChild forever frozen in the form of a little girl]], a [[GrumpyOldMan grumpy old mage]] who favors [[StuffBlowingUp louder and flashier means of killing]], an [[LizardFolk Argonian]] who may be the last member of a line of Argonian royal spies and assassins, a [[MonsterClown murderous jester]] who is [[CloudCuckoolander completely off his rocker]], and their TeamPet, [[SpidersAreScary a Frostbite Spider]].


* The [[MurderInc Dark Brotherhood]] in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'' has this vibe. Besides the authoritarian, no-nonsense leader, members include a [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent Werewolf]] booted from the Companions who also happens to be her husband, a [[DeadpanSnarker snarky]] and legit {{Badass}} [[ScaryBlackMan Scary Redguard]], an ancient [[OurVampiresAreDifferent vampire]] [[UndeadChild forever frozen in the form of a little girl]], a [[GrumpyOldMan grumpy old mage]] who favors [[StuffBlowingUp louder and flashier means of killing]], an [[LizardFolk Argonian]] who may be the last member of a line of Argonian royal spies and assassins, a [[KillerClown murderous jester]] who is [[CloudCuckoolander completely off his rocker]], and their TeamPet, [[SpidersAreScary a Frostbite Spider]].

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* The [[MurderInc Dark Brotherhood]] in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'' has this vibe. Besides the authoritarian, no-nonsense leader, members include a [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent Werewolf]] booted from the Companions who also happens to be her husband, a [[DeadpanSnarker snarky]] and legit {{Badass}} [[ScaryBlackMan Scary Redguard]], an ancient [[OurVampiresAreDifferent vampire]] [[UndeadChild forever frozen in the form of a little girl]], a [[GrumpyOldMan grumpy old mage]] who favors [[StuffBlowingUp louder and flashier means of killing]], an [[LizardFolk Argonian]] who may be the last member of a line of Argonian royal spies and assassins, a [[KillerClown [[MonsterClown murderous jester]] who is [[CloudCuckoolander completely off his rocker]], and their TeamPet, [[SpidersAreScary a Frostbite Spider]].


* The [[MurderInc Dark Brotherhood]] in ''VideoGames/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'' has this vibe. Besides the authoritarian, no-nonsense leader, members include a [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent Werewolf]] booted from the Companions who also happens to be her husband, a [[DeadpanSnarker snarky]] and legit {{Badass}} [[ScaryBlackMan Scary Redguard]], an ancient [[OurVampiresAreDifferent vampire]] [[UndeadChild forever frozen in the form of a little girl]], a [[GrumpyOldMan grumpy old mage]] who favors [[StuffBlowingUp louder and flashier means of killing]], an [[LizardFolk Argonian]] who may be the last member of a line of Argonian royal spies and assassins, a [[KillerClown murderous jester]] who is [[CloudCuckoolander completely off his rocker]], and their TeamPet, [[SpidersAreScary a Frostbite Spider]].

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* The [[MurderInc Dark Brotherhood]] in ''VideoGames/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'' ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'' has this vibe. Besides the authoritarian, no-nonsense leader, members include a [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent Werewolf]] booted from the Companions who also happens to be her husband, a [[DeadpanSnarker snarky]] and legit {{Badass}} [[ScaryBlackMan Scary Redguard]], an ancient [[OurVampiresAreDifferent vampire]] [[UndeadChild forever frozen in the form of a little girl]], a [[GrumpyOldMan grumpy old mage]] who favors [[StuffBlowingUp louder and flashier means of killing]], an [[LizardFolk Argonian]] who may be the last member of a line of Argonian royal spies and assassins, a [[KillerClown murderous jester]] who is [[CloudCuckoolander completely off his rocker]], and their TeamPet, [[SpidersAreScary a Frostbite Spider]].

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* The [[MurderInc Dark Brotherhood]] in ''VideoGames/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'' has this vibe. Besides the authoritarian, no-nonsense leader, members include a [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent Werewolf]] booted from the Companions who also happens to be her husband, a [[DeadpanSnarker snarky]] and legit {{Badass}} [[ScaryBlackMan Scary Redguard]], an ancient [[OurVampiresAreDifferent vampire]] [[UndeadChild forever frozen in the form of a little girl]], a [[GrumpyOldMan grumpy old mage]] who favors [[StuffBlowingUp louder and flashier means of killing]], an [[LizardFolk Argonian]] who may be the last member of a line of Argonian royal spies and assassins, a [[KillerClown murderous jester]] who is [[CloudCuckoolander completely off his rocker]], and their TeamPet, [[SpidersAreScary a Frostbite Spider]].


* ''Film/BirdsOfPrey2020'': After Harley goes to retrieve Cassandra from the police station, Sionis posts a $500,000 bounty for bringing Cassandra to him alive and sends to every hired gun in Gotham, who converge on Harley and her cargo.

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* ''Film/BirdsOfPrey2020'': After Harley goes to retrieve Cassandra from the police station, Sionis posts a $500,000 bounty for bringing Cassandra to him alive and sends it to every hired gun in Gotham, who converge on Harley and her cargo.

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* ''Film/BirdsOfPrey2020'': After Harley goes to retrieve Cassandra from the police station, Sionis posts a $500,000 bounty for bringing Cassandra to him alive and sends to every hired gun in Gotham, who converge on Harley and her cargo.


* ''Fanfic/LostToDust'': A bounty is put on Yang Xiao Long and several bounty hunters attack her group, including Billy the Kid and Beowulf.



* Wrestling/VinceMcMahon issued a contract on Wrestling/DGenerationX (Wrestling/ShawnMichaels and Wrestlling/TripleH) in the summer of 2006 when DX was running amok on ''Monday Night Raw''. Both Chris Masters and [[Wrestling/NickDinsmore Eugene]] (who, being a baby{{face}}, [[PragmaticVillainy didn't bear DX any ill will but just liked the idea of getting a reward]]) failed to collect, so Vince enlisted the help of Cuban businessman Armando Alejandro Estrada, who actually succeeded for a time in getting Triple H sent to jail after framing him for having smuggled Cuban cigars into the country. There were even hints that non-wrestling personnel could get involved: Vince boasted that he and his son Wrestling/ShaneMcMahon had access to "unlimited resources", causing DX to retort, [[ImNotAfraidOfYou "Bring in anybody from the street - we don't care."]] Eventually, at ''[=SummerSlam=]'', the [=McMahons=] had Wrestling/BigShow, [[Wrestling/KenAnderson Mr. Kennedy]], and [[NapoleonDelusion King]] [[Wrestling/BookerT Booker]]'s Court (Sir Wrestling/WilliamRegal and Sir Fit Finlay) rough up Shawn and Hunter before Vince and Shane even set foot in the ring - and DX ''still'' won.

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* Wrestling/VinceMcMahon issued a contract on Wrestling/DGenerationX (Wrestling/ShawnMichaels and Wrestlling/TripleH) Wrestling/TripleH) in the summer of 2006 when DX was running amok on ''Monday Night Raw''. Both Chris Masters and [[Wrestling/NickDinsmore Eugene]] (who, being a baby{{face}}, [[PragmaticVillainy didn't bear DX any ill will but just liked the idea of getting a reward]]) failed to collect, so Vince enlisted the help of Cuban businessman Armando Alejandro Estrada, who actually succeeded for a time in getting Triple H sent to jail after framing him for having smuggled Cuban cigars into the country. There were even hints that non-wrestling personnel could get involved: Vince boasted that he and his son Wrestling/ShaneMcMahon had access to "unlimited resources", causing DX to retort, [[ImNotAfraidOfYou "Bring in anybody from the street - we don't care."]] Eventually, at ''[=SummerSlam=]'', the [=McMahons=] had Wrestling/BigShow, [[Wrestling/KenAnderson Mr. Kennedy]], and [[NapoleonDelusion King]] [[Wrestling/BookerT Booker]]'s Court (Sir Wrestling/WilliamRegal and Sir Fit Finlay) rough up Shawn and Hunter before Vince and Shane even set foot in the ring - and DX ''still'' won.


* In the Creator/RogerZelazny book ''Literature/{{Roadmarks}}'' the antagonist declares a "Black Decade" on the protagonist, legally permitting ten attempts to kill him. Agents may be employed... and so ten highly skilled assassins/hunters have been hired from the entire range of Earth's histories (including alternate pasts and futures). This includes an assassin robot, a genetically enhanced and cybernetic super soldier, and a martial arts master.
* In Creator/MatthewReilly's ''Scarecrow'', Majectic-12 sets a bounty on the 15 people who could possibly foil their plan. Various groups respond, including Professional {{Bounty Hunter}}s, [[HiredGuns Mercenaries]], [=AWOL=] Military Units, {{Corrupt Corporate Executive}}s...
* In ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', Tywin Lannister employs a carnival of killers for "foraging" missions, which is essentially sending armed men to plunder and murder the enemy's peasants. His troupe includes a mercenary gang called the Brave Companions, but nicknamed the Bloody Mummers, which is almost literally a carnival of killers, right down to a MonsterClown, the fool Shagwell who kills people for not laughing at his jokes. In fitting with the spirit of the trope, the group is also extensively multicultural, and individual members often have their own signature derangements. They are led by Vargo Hoat, his long beard and helmet with horns lead to him being nicknamed the goat. However he's a sadistic psychopath who enjoys cutting off limbs, and even his laughable SpeechImpediment is sinister, due to it coming from him catching a disease from raping someone.



* In ''Kill Dusty Fog!'' by Creator/JTEdson, General Trumpeter offers a $1,000 bounty on the head of Captain Dusty Fog, despite this being against the rules of war. Several guerrillas make attempts to claim the bounty, before Dusty decides to confront Trumpeter directly.
* In ''Literature/NobodyLivesForEver'', the dying leader of SPECTRE places (literally) a prize on the head of Literature/JamesBond, which brings opportunistic killers from various organizations after him. [[spoiler:However, SPECTRE has no intention to pay any of them, and instead uses them to find and herd Bond to their base in Florida, where they are going to claim his head by themselves with a guillotine]].



* In ''Literature/NobodyLivesForEver'', the dying leader of SPECTRE places (literally) a prize on the head of Literature/JamesBond, which brings opportunistic killers from various organizations after him. [[spoiler:However, SPECTRE has no intention to pay any of them, and instead uses them to find and herd Bond to their base in Florida, where they are going to claim his head by themselves with a guillotine]].
* In ''Kill Dusty Fog!'' by Creator/JTEdson, General Trumpeter offers a $1,000 bounty on the head of Captain Dusty Fog, despite this being against the rules of war. Several guerrillas make attempts to claim the bounty, before Dusty decides to confront Trumpeter directly.

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* In ''Literature/NobodyLivesForEver'', the dying leader of SPECTRE places (literally) Creator/RogerZelazny book ''Literature/{{Roadmarks}}'' the antagonist declares a prize "Black Decade" on the head of Literature/JamesBond, which brings opportunistic killers from various organizations after him. [[spoiler:However, SPECTRE has no intention to pay any of them, and instead uses them to find and herd Bond to their base in Florida, where they are going to claim his head by themselves with a guillotine]].
* In ''Kill Dusty Fog!'' by Creator/JTEdson, General Trumpeter offers a $1,000 bounty on the head of Captain Dusty Fog, despite this being against the rules of war. Several guerrillas make
protagonist, legally permitting ten attempts to claim kill him. Agents may be employed... and so ten highly skilled assassins/hunters have been hired from the bounty, before Dusty decides entire range of Earth's histories (including alternate pasts and futures). This includes an assassin robot, a genetically enhanced and cybernetic super soldier, and a martial arts master.
* In ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', Tywin Lannister employs a carnival of killers for "foraging" missions, which is essentially sending armed men
to confront Trumpeter directly.plunder and murder the enemy's peasants. His troupe includes a mercenary gang called the Brave Companions, but nicknamed the Bloody Mummers, which is almost literally a carnival of killers, right down to a MonsterClown, the fool Shagwell who kills people for not laughing at his jokes. In fitting with the spirit of the trope, the group is also extensively multicultural, and individual members often have their own signature derangements. They are led by Vargo Hoat, his long beard and helmet with horns lead to him being nicknamed the goat. However he's a sadistic psychopath who enjoys cutting off limbs, and even his laughable SpeechImpediment is sinister, due to it coming from him catching a disease from raping someone.



* In Creator/MatthewReilly's ''Scarecrow'', Majectic-12 sets a bounty on the 15 people who could possibly foil their plan. Various groups respond, including Professional {{Bounty Hunter}}s, [[HiredGuns Mercenaries]], [=AWOL=] Military Units, {{Corrupt Corporate Executive}}s...



* At least Once A Season on ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''. For example, in season 2:
-->'''Dalton''': Uh, yes, but... The Order of Taraka, I mean... isn't that overkill?
-->'''Spike''': No, I think it's just enough kill.
** In "[[Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS3E5Homecoming Homecoming]]", the Carnival Of Killers is combined with HuntingTheMostDangerousGame.
** A nice subversion is in the episode "[[Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS1E7Angel Angel]]", where the Master hires the Three, three apparently badass vampires to take down Buffy. In their first encounter with her, she manages to barely escape with Angel's help (who kills one of them)...and the Master, [[YouHaveFailedMe incensed that they failed]], has Darla kill all of the Three, making their scenes a total of ''two''. They weren't the real threat of the episode; that happened to be Darla herself.
* Max faces one in the ''Series/GetSmart'' episode "Someone Down Here Hates Me" when KAOS puts a $250,000 on his head (and later ups it to $500,000).



* ''Series/TheATeam'':
** The episode ''Deadly Maneuvers'' had a syndicate of crime lords pay Major Douglas Kyle to assemble a DreamTeam of mercenaries to hunt down the A-Team.
** The episode "[[Recap/TheATeamS4E17WaitingForInsaneWayne Waiting for Insane Wayne]]" had Insane Wayne and his team of mercenaries-for-hire who the team briefly impersonates then ends up fighting.
* ''Series/BabylonFive'' had another protagonist example. In "[[Recap/BabylonFiveS5E20ObjectsInMotion Objects in Motion]]", Garibaldi learns, but can't prove, that the board of Edgars Industries is trying to have him assassinated. As part of his response, he arranges to put large bounties on all their heads if anything happens to him or Lise.



* ''Series/{{Blindspot}}'': In the Season 3 episode "Clamorous Night", [[DragonAscendant Roman]] puts a hit on the FBI team. The only specifically unique assassin in the group is one who likes using poisons; the rest stick to good old-fashioned guns and knives.



* At least Once A Season on ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''. For example, in season 2:
-->'''Dalton''': Uh, yes, but... The Order of Taraka, I mean... isn't that overkill?
-->'''Spike''': No, I think it's just enough kill.
** In "[[Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS3E5Homecoming Homecoming]]", the Carnival Of Killers is combined with HuntingTheMostDangerousGame.
** A nice subversion is in the episode "[[Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS1E7Angel Angel]]", where the Master hires the Three, three apparently badass vampires to take down Buffy. In their first encounter with her, she manages to barely escape with Angel's help (who kills one of them)...and the Master, [[YouHaveFailedMe incensed that they failed]], has Darla kill all of the Three, making their scenes a total of ''two''. They weren't the real threat of the episode; that happened to be Darla herself.
* In ''Series/TheCape'', the BigBad Chess occasionally hires members of an assassin order called Tarot, each of whom specializes in a different skill. Cain is a poison expert, while the Goggles and Hicks duo (brothers) specialize in surveillance. After one too many failures, Chess refuses to have any more dealings with the Tarot. Ironically, he does this moments before Hicks would have revealed the true identity of [[TheCowl the Cape]]. However, since he no longer works for Chess, Hicks feels no obligation to hand over the information and, instead, uses it to bargain with the Cape for the location of his captured brother.
* Max faces one in the ''Series/GetSmart'' episode "Someone Down Here Hates Me" when KAOS puts a $250,000 on his head (and later ups it to $500,000).
* ''Series/PersonOfInterest''. In "The Crossing", John Reese and his FriendOnTheForce Joss Carter have to flee an open bounty placed on them by HR, an organisation of corrupt police. In "4C", Reese has to battle five assassins from three different organisations (Mossad, TheCartel and his former employers in the US government) who are trying to kill the VictimOfTheWeek in four separate ways.
* ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'': In "[[Recap/SherlockS02E03TheReichenbachFall The Reichenbach Fall]]", a group of international assassins appear around Sherlock, although initially they appear to be keeping Holmes alive. Ultimately, it is revealed [[spoiler: they have been hired by Moriarty to kill Holmes' friends if Holmes refuses to kill himself]].



* ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'': In "[[Recap/SherlockS02E03TheReichenbachFall The Reichenbach Fall]]", a group of international assassins appear around Sherlock, although initially they appear to be keeping Holmes alive. Ultimately, it is revealed [[spoiler: they have been hired by Moriarty to kill Holmes' friends if Holmes refuses to kill himself]].
* ''Series/TheATeam'':
** The episode ''Deadly Maneuvers'' had a syndicate of crime lords pay Major Douglas Kyle to assemble a DreamTeam of mercenaries to hunt down the A-Team.
** The episode "[[Recap/TheATeamS4E17WaitingForInsaneWayne Waiting for Insane Wayne]]" had Insane Wayne and his team of mercenaries-for-hire who the team briefly impersonates then ends up fighting.
* ''Series/BabylonFive'' had another protagonist example. In "[[Recap/BabylonFiveS5E20ObjectsInMotion Objects in Motion]]", Garibaldi learns, but can't prove, that the board of Edgars Industries is trying to have him assassinated. As part of his response, he arranges to put large bounties on all their heads if anything happens to him or Lise.
* In ''Series/TheCape'', the BigBad Chess occasionally hires members of an assassin order called Tarot, each of whom specializes in a different skill. Cain is a poison expert, while the Goggles and Hicks duo (brothers) specialize in surveillance. After one too many failures, Chess refuses to have any more dealings with the Tarot. Ironically, he does this moments before Hicks would have revealed the true identity of [[TheCowl the Cape]]. However, since he no longer works for Chess, Hicks feels no obligation to hand over the information and, instead, uses it to bargain with the Cape for the location of his captured brother.
* ''Series/{{Blindspot}}'': In the Season 3 episode "Clamorous Night", [[DragonAscendant Roman]] puts a hit on the FBI team. The only specifically unique assassin in the group is one who likes using poisons; the rest stick to good old-fashioned guns and knives.
* ''Series/PersonOfInterest''. In "The Crossing", John Reese and his FriendOnTheForce Joss Carter have to flee an open bounty placed on them by HR, an organisation of corrupt police. In "4C", Reese has to battle five assassins from three different organisations (Mossad, TheCartel and his former employers in the US government) who are trying to kill the VictimOfTheWeek in four separate ways.



* A constant theme in the first ''VideoGame/BaldursGate'' game is a never-ending stream of bounty hunters and assassins attacking the protagonist. Unusual in that the protagonist didn't do anything to screw the BigBad's plans; all the assassination attempts are simply for [[ThereCanBeOnlyOne him or her existing]].
* The basic premise behind ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamOrigins'' is that Black Mask put a fifty million dollar bounty on Batman's head, and eight professional killers show up trying to collect, though [[spoiler:Lady Shiva]] and [[spoiler:Deadshot]] are only encountered in side quests missions, and the third side-mission-only mini-boss [[spoiler:Anarky]] is ''not'' one of the eight.
* Subverted in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins''. [[TheDragon Arl Howe]] approached [[MurderInc the Antivan Crows]] about assassinating the Grey Wardens, but since it's considered in poor taste (and often suicidal) to go after members of that order, only Zevran stepped up to accept the contract. Once he makes his attempt, no more Crows bother the Warden for the rest of the game. [[spoiler: When they do return, it's more because they are after Zevran for failing to get his target]].



* A constant theme in the first ''VideoGame/BaldursGate'' game is a never-ending stream of bounty hunters and assassins attacking the protagonist. Unusual in that the protagonist didn't do anything to screw the BigBad's plans; all the assassination attempts are simply for [[ThereCanBeOnlyOne him or her existing]].
* Subverted in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins''. [[TheDragon Arl Howe]] approached [[MurderInc the Antivan Crows]] about assassinating the Grey Wardens, but since it's considered in poor taste (and often suicidal) to go after members of that order, only Zevran stepped up to accept the contract. Once he makes his attempt, no more Crows bother the Warden for the rest of the game. [[spoiler: When they do return, it's more because they are after Zevran for failing to get his target]].
* The basic premise behind ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamOrigins'' is that Black Mask put a fifty million dollar bounty on Batman's head, and eight professional killers show up trying to collect, though [[spoiler:Lady Shiva]] and [[spoiler:Deadshot]] are only encountered in side quests missions, and the third side-mission-only mini-boss [[spoiler:Anarky]] is ''not'' one of the eight.



* ''Webcomic/DeadWinter'': One of the main characters, Monday, is involved in one of these as a subplot.



* ''Webcomic/DeadWinter'': One of the main characters, Monday, is involved in one of these as a subplot.



* At the end of ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers''' third season, Jean-Claude [=LeTueur=], Russel "Go-Fish" Sturgeon, and Herr Trigger are hired to track and kill Brock.
** [[spoiler:All of them manipulated by Molotov Cocktease into getting killed by Brock so that her Black Hearts assassins agency would be the only game in town for high profile assassination jobs.]]
* This was common enough in ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'' that eventually an episode is told from the perspective of the disparate group of {{Bounty Hunter}}s searching for Jack. [[note]]This episode is one of the few instances of [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar Jack using his sword on a living creature]] ([[DiscretionShot albeit not directly 'on camera']]), an artifact left over from the ''Manga/LoneWolfAndCub'' chapter which [[WholePlotReference it homages almost scene-for-scene. Oddly, Jack is later said to have never taken a (non-robotic) life before a certain point that comes after that fight]].[[/note]] Another example is the endless progression of hunters facing Jack head-on in "Jack and Mad Jack" (most notably, "Crazy Round Man" [[TheCameo and]] [[WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory Huntor]]).
* Also the various groups that tried to catch ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'' after Vlad put out a bounty on him, including the Guys in White and the Extreme Ghostbreakers.



* Also the various groups that tried to catch ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'' after Vlad put out a bounty on him, including the Guys in White and the Extreme Ghostbreakers.
* This was common enough in ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'' that eventually an episode is told from the perspective of the disparate group of {{Bounty Hunter}}s searching for Jack. [[note]]This episode is one of the few instances of [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar Jack using his sword on a living creature]] ([[DiscretionShot albeit not directly 'on camera']]), an artifact left over from the ''Manga/LoneWolfAndCub'' chapter which [[WholePlotReference it homages almost scene-for-scene. Oddly, Jack is later said to have never taken a (non-robotic) life before a certain point that comes after that fight]].[[/note]] Another example is the endless progression of hunters facing Jack head-on in "Jack and Mad Jack" (most notably, "Crazy Round Man" [[TheCameo and]] [[WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory Huntor]]).
* At the end of ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers''' third season, Jean-Claude [=LeTueur=], Russel "Go-Fish" Sturgeon, and Herr Trigger are hired to track and kill Brock.
** [[spoiler:All of them manipulated by Molotov Cocktease into getting killed by Brock so that her Black Hearts assassins agency would be the only game in town for high profile assassination jobs.]]
* In the ''WesternAnimation/WanderOverYonder'' episode "The Bounty", Lord Hater gets tired of Peepers' repeated failures at capturing Wander and Sylvia and hires three bounty hunters to do the job: Rongroffle the Huntress, Killbot 86, and... a potted plant (one that turns out to be of the [[ManEatingPlant man-eating variety]]).



* In the ''WesternAnimation/WanderOverYonder'' episode "The Bounty", Lord Hater gets tired of Peepers' repeated failures at capturing Wander and Sylvia and hires three bounty hunters to do the job: Rongroffle the Huntress, Killbot 86, and... a potted plant (one that turns out to be of the [[ManEatingPlant man-eating variety]]).


* ''Franchise/ThePinkPanther'':
** In ''Film/ThePinkPantherStrikesAgain'', Dreyfus demands that Clouseau be killed or he will destroy the world. Several nations send assassins to kill Clouseau at Oktoberfest in Munich, only for the assassins to wind up killing each other by accident or to stop their rivals from getting the credit.
** In ''Film/RevengeOfThePinkPanther'', the main villain's henchman hired a whole Carnival Of Killers. When the BigBad saw them, he said "are these the men you have hired to kill Clouseau?" The henchmen replied he had hired these men to kill Mr. Chong. The CarnivalOfKillers had been hired merely to test the skills of the real killer they were sending after Clouseau…

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* ''Franchise/ThePinkPanther'':
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In ''Film/ThePinkPantherStrikesAgain'', Dreyfus demands that Clouseau be killed or he will destroy ''Film/AlitaBattleAngel'', as the world. Several nations send assassins titular protagonist starts growing to kill Clouseau at Oktoberfest in Munich, only become a problem for the assassins to wind up killing each other by accident or to stop BigBad, a group of cyborg bounty hunters and criminals, all with their rivals from getting the credit.
** In ''Film/RevengeOfThePinkPanther'', the main villain's henchman hired a whole Carnival Of Killers. When the BigBad saw them, he said "are these the men you have
own unique armaments, is hired to kill Clouseau?" The henchmen replied he had hired these men to kill Mr. Chong. The assassinate her in the course of a [[BloodSport Motorball]] match.
* ''Film/TheAssassinationBureau'' is about a member of a
CarnivalOfKillers had been who challenges his fellow assassins by putting a bounty on himself. [[spoiler: Things do not bode well for those other assassins.]]
* ''Film/AustinPowers'': Among the various killers
hired merely by Dr Evil are [[Film/{{Goldfinger}} an Asian man using his shoe to test the skills of the real killer kill people named Random Task]] and a vaguely Middle-Eastern man who angers Dr Evil but will just not die.
* The Red Triangle Circus Gang in ''Film/BatmanReturns'' is about as literal as this trope can possibly get. True to their name,
they were sending after Clouseau…are indeed ex-circus performers and continue to dress as clowns, acrobats, and various other circus people while serving as the Penguin's shock troops, apparently because [[WrestlingDoesntPay Crime Doesn't Pay]]. More to the point of this trope, they function as a sort of highly anarchic guerrilla fighting force with every weapon known to man: machine guns, rocket launchers, ninja weapons and various incendiary devices.



* The whole premise of ''Film/SmokinAces'' is that a huge bounty is placed on a mob rat and a whole lot of colorful assassins swarm on his location at the same time trying to collect.
* This premise is repeated in ''Film/SmokinAces2AssassinsBall'', except this time the target is an FBI analyst who has a massive price placed on his head several days before his impending retirement.
* The finale of ''Film/TheLastDragon'', where Bruce Leroy fights off everyone from a wrestler with a white Mohawk to an acid bath murderer...

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* The whole premise of ''Film/SmokinAces'' is that In ''Film/BringMeTheHeadOfTheMachineGunWoman'', gang lord Che Longana puts a huge bounty is placed of 300 million pesos on a mob rat and a whole lot of colorful assassins swarm on his location at the same time trying to collect.
* This premise is repeated in ''Film/SmokinAces2AssassinsBall'', except this time the target is an FBI analyst who has a massive price placed on his
head several days before his impending retirement.
* The finale
of ''Film/TheLastDragon'', where Bruce Leroy fights off everyone the Machine Gun Woman, which attracts all kinds of killers; from a wrestler with a white Mohawk common street thugs to an acid bath murderer...elite hit men.



* ''Film/ThingsToDoInDenverWhenYoureDead'' — the reason our protagonists are dead is because they know they can't survive long against a Carnival Of Killers sent by Creator/ChristopherWalken.

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* ''Film/ThingsToDoInDenverWhenYoureDead'' — ''Film/TheCarRoadToRevenge'': Not as classy as many other examples of this trope, but Telar offers bounties on anyone who brings him the reason our protagonists are dead is because they know they can't survive long against car, the girl, or the chip. As these bounties include free access to his arsenal of weapons, and free cybernetic enhancements, every gang in the city mobilizes in an attempt to claim them.
* ''Film/ChaiLaiAngelsDangerousFlowers'': Recognizing how useless his own thugs are, Dragon hires
a Carnival Of Killers sent by Creator/ChristopherWalken.group known as the Five Nation Bounty Hunters to take out the Chai Lais. The groups consists a ScaryBlackMan, [[KatanasAreJustBetter a meido wielding a katana]], [[BladeOnAStick a martial artist with a bladed staff]], and [[MartialArtsAndCrafts a rhythmic gymnast wielding ribbons as weapons]].



* The lineup of killers sent to kill Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger in ''Film/TheRunningMan'' includes a homicidal hockey player, a chainsaw-wielding biker, an opera-singing lightning-man, a pyromaniac with a jetpack and a wrestler/fitness TV show host. Although, he doesn't confront the latter for real.

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* The lineup In ''Film/FlagOfIron'', an old Shaw Brothers kung-fu film, the main character is hunted by the Ten Killers of the Underworld. One of the killers sent is The Accountant who uses a weaponized abacus. Another is a HitmanWithAHeart who ends up aiding the hero.
* ''Film/GrossePointeBlank'': Martin Blank, a disenchanted hitman, attends his high school reunion only
to kill Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger in ''Film/TheRunningMan'' includes a homicidal hockey player, a chainsaw-wielding biker, an opera-singing lightning-man, a pyromaniac cross paths with a jetpack an assassin union who thinks he's trying to steal their hit. The hitmen we see are mostly just {{mook}}s, though Blank and a wrestler/fitness TV show host. Although, he doesn't confront the latter for real.union leader do conversationally mention some colorful assassins.



* ''Film/JohnWickChapter2'': Retired killer John Wick has OneLastJob where he helps an old associate, and this ends with him having a large bounty on his head through his former guild. Earlier in the film, an open bounty was also put on his head by the villain, resulting in Wick having to deal with killers gunning after him on every street corner. This theme continues in ''Film/JohnWickChapter3Parabellum'', which deals with John Wick trying to survive the aforementioned massive bounty on his head.
* In ''Film/KillBill'', the protagonist is a former member of a Carnival of Killers, all with their own specializations and codenamed after different snake species. She ends up massacring most of the other members on her way to, well, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin kill Bill]], the leader of the organization.
* The finale of ''Film/TheLastDragon'', where Bruce Leroy fights off everyone from a wrestler with a white Mohawk to an acid bath murderer...
* Pretty-boy gangster Dorian Tyrell promises $50,000 to whoever can kill the title character in ''Film/TheMask'' (no mean feat, since the green-faced creature is practically immortal).
* In ''Film/MastersOfTheUniverse'', Skeletor hires a group of mercenaries to follow He-Man and the others to Earth to recover the Cosmic Key. They consist of the MasterSwordsman Blade, the [[BeastMan Beast Man]], the [[LizardFolk reptilian Saurod]], and the [[HookHand hook-handed Karg]]. When they fail in their first mission and return empty-handed to Skeletor, [[YouHaveFailedMe he kills Saurod and forces Evil Lyn to join them]].



* ''Film/AustinPowers'': Among the various killers hired by Dr Evil are [[Film/{{Goldfinger}} an Asian man using his shoe to kill people named Random Task]] and a vaguely Middle-Eastern man who angers Dr Evil but will just not die.

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* ''Film/AustinPowers'': Among ''Franchise/ThePinkPanther'':
** In ''Film/ThePinkPantherStrikesAgain'', Dreyfus demands that Clouseau be killed or he will destroy
the various killers hired by Dr Evil are [[Film/{{Goldfinger}} an Asian man using his shoe world. Several nations send assassins to kill people named Random Task]] and Clouseau at Oktoberfest in Munich, only for the assassins to wind up killing each other by accident or to stop their rivals from getting the credit.
** In ''Film/RevengeOfThePinkPanther'', the main villain's henchman hired
a vaguely Middle-Eastern man who angers Dr Evil but will just not die.whole Carnival Of Killers. When the BigBad saw them, he said "are these the men you have hired to kill Clouseau?" The henchmen replied he had hired these men to kill Mr. Chong. The CarnivalOfKillers had been hired merely to test the skills of the real killer they were sending after Clouseau…



* [[Creator/ChowYunFat John Lee]], the protagonist of ''Film/TheReplacementKillers'', is being chased by a group of assassins that are vying for his position, after [[HitmanWithAHeart he refused to perform a hit]] on [[RevengeByProxy the young son of the cop who killed his former employer's son]], while Lee attempts to get back to China to save his family from the vengeance of the mob boss.
* The lineup of killers sent to kill Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger in ''Film/TheRunningMan'' includes a homicidal hockey player, a chainsaw-wielding biker, an opera-singing lightning-man, a pyromaniac with a jetpack and a wrestler/fitness TV show host. Although, he doesn't confront the latter for real.
* ''Film/ShootEmUp'': Smith and Oliver get pursued by every freelance assassin in the city (which is a surprisingly high number).



* The Red Triangle Circus Gang in ''Film/BatmanReturns'' is about as literal as this trope can possibly get. True to their name, they are indeed ex-circus performers and continue to dress as clowns, acrobats, and various other circus people while serving as the Penguin's shock troops, apparently because [[WrestlingDoesntPay Crime Doesn't Pay]]. More to the point of this trope, they function as a sort of highly anarchic guerrilla fighting force with every weapon known to man: machine guns, rocket launchers, ninja weapons and various incendiary devices.
* Pretty-boy gangster Dorian Tyrell promises $50,000 to whoever can kill the title character in ''Film/TheMask'' (no mean feat, since the green-faced creature is practically immortal).
* In ''Flag of Iron'', an old Shaw Brothers kung-fu film, the main character is hunted by the Ten Killers of the Underworld. One of the killers is The Accountant who uses a weaponized abacus. Another is a HitmanWithAHeart who ends up aiding the hero.
* ''Film/TheAssassinationBureau'' is about a member of a CarnivalOfKillers who challenges his fellow assassins by putting a bounty on himself. [[spoiler: Things do not bode well for those other assassins.]]
* [[Creator/ChowYunFat John Lee]], the protagonist of ''Film/TheReplacementKillers'', is being chased by a group of assassins that are vying for his position, after [[HitmanWithAHeart he refused to perform a hit]] on [[RevengeByProxy the young son of the cop who killed his former employer's son]], while Lee attempts to get back to China to save his family from the vengeance of the mob boss.
* In ''Film/MastersOfTheUniverse'', Skeletor hires a group of mercenaries to follow He-Man and the others to Earth to recover the Cosmic Key. They consist of the MasterSwordsman Blade, the [[BeastMan Beast Man]], the [[LizardFolk reptilian Saurod]], and the [[HookHand hook-handed Karg]]. When they fail in their first mission and return empty-handed to Skeletor, [[YouHaveFailedMe he kills Saurod and forces Evil Lyn to join them]].
* ''Film/GrossePointeBlank'': Martin Blank, a disenchanted hitman, attends his high school reunion only to cross paths with an assassin union who thinks he's trying to steal their hit. The hitmen we see are mostly just {{mook}}s, though Blank and the union leader do conversationally mention some colorful assassins.
* ''Film/JohnWickChapter2'': Retired killer John Wick has OneLastJob where he helps an old associate, and this ends with him having a large bounty on his head through his former guild. Earlier in the film, an open bounty was also put on his head by the villain, resulting in Wick having to deal with killers gunning after him on every street corner. This theme continues in ''Film/JohnWickChapter3Parabellum'', which deals with John Wick trying to survive the aforementioned massive bounty on his head.
* ''Film/ShootEmUp'': Smith and Oliver get pursued by every freelance assassin in the city (which is a surprisingly high number).
* In ''Film/BringMeTheHeadOfTheMachineGunWoman'', gang lord Che Longana puts a bounty of 300 million pesos on the head of the Machine Gun Woman, which attracts all kinds of killers; from common street thugs to elite hit men.
* ''Film/ChaiLaiAngelsDangerousFlowers'': Recognizing how useless his own thugs are, Dragon hires a group known as the Five Nation Bounty Hunters to take out the Chai Lais. The groups consists a ScaryBlackMan, [[KatanasAreJustBetter a meido wielding a katana]], [[BladeOnAStick a martial artist with a bladed staff]], and [[MartialArtsAndCrafts a rhythmic gymnast wielding ribbons as weapons]].
* ''Film/TheCarRoadToRevenge'': Not as classy as many other examples of this trope, but Telar offers bounties on anyone who brings him the car, the girl, or the chip. As these bounties include free access to his arsenal of weapons, and free cybernetic enhancements, every gang in the city mobilizes in an attempt to claim them.
* In ''Film/KillBill'', the protagonist is a former member of a Carnival of Killers, all with their own specializations and codenamed after different snake species. She ends up massacring most of the other members on her way to, well, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin kill Bill]], the leader of the organization.
* In ''Film/AlitaBattleAngel'', as the titular protagonist starts growing to become a problem for the BigBad, a group of cyborg bounty hunters and criminals, all with their own unique armaments, is hired to assassinate her in the course of a [[BloodSport Motorball]] match.

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* The Red Triangle Circus Gang in ''Film/BatmanReturns'' whole premise of ''Film/SmokinAces'' is about as literal as this trope can possibly get. True to their name, they are indeed ex-circus performers that a huge bounty is placed on a mob rat and continue to dress as clowns, acrobats, and various other circus people while serving as the Penguin's shock troops, apparently because [[WrestlingDoesntPay Crime Doesn't Pay]]. More to the point a whole lot of this trope, they function as a sort of highly anarchic guerrilla fighting force with every weapon known to man: machine guns, rocket launchers, ninja weapons and various incendiary devices.
* Pretty-boy gangster Dorian Tyrell promises $50,000 to whoever can kill the title character in ''Film/TheMask'' (no mean feat, since the green-faced creature is practically immortal).
* In ''Flag of Iron'', an old Shaw Brothers kung-fu film, the main character is hunted by the Ten Killers of the Underworld. One of the killers is The Accountant who uses a weaponized abacus. Another is a HitmanWithAHeart who ends up aiding the hero.
* ''Film/TheAssassinationBureau'' is about a member of a CarnivalOfKillers who challenges his fellow
colorful assassins by putting a bounty swarm on himself. [[spoiler: Things do not bode well for those other assassins.]]
* [[Creator/ChowYunFat John Lee]],
his location at the protagonist of ''Film/TheReplacementKillers'', is being chased by a group of assassins that are vying for his position, after [[HitmanWithAHeart he refused to perform a hit]] on [[RevengeByProxy the young son of the cop who killed his former employer's son]], while Lee attempts to get back to China to save his family from the vengeance of the mob boss.
* In ''Film/MastersOfTheUniverse'', Skeletor hires a group of mercenaries to follow He-Man and the others to Earth to recover the Cosmic Key. They consist of the MasterSwordsman Blade, the [[BeastMan Beast Man]], the [[LizardFolk reptilian Saurod]], and the [[HookHand hook-handed Karg]]. When they fail in their first mission and return empty-handed to Skeletor, [[YouHaveFailedMe he kills Saurod and forces Evil Lyn to join them]].
* ''Film/GrossePointeBlank'': Martin Blank, a disenchanted hitman, attends his high school reunion only to cross paths with an assassin union who thinks he's
same time trying to steal their hit. The hitmen we see are mostly just {{mook}}s, though Blank and the union leader do conversationally mention some colorful assassins.
collect.
* ''Film/JohnWickChapter2'': Retired killer John Wick has OneLastJob where he helps an old associate, and This premise is repeated in ''Film/SmokinAces2AssassinsBall'', except this ends with him having time the target is an FBI analyst who has a large bounty massive price placed on his head through several days before his former guild. Earlier in impending retirement.
* ''Film/ThingsToDoInDenverWhenYoureDead'' —
the film, an open bounty was also put on his head by the villain, resulting in Wick having to deal with killers gunning after him on every street corner. This theme continues in ''Film/JohnWickChapter3Parabellum'', which deals with John Wick trying to reason our protagonists are dead is because they know they can't survive the aforementioned massive bounty on his head.
* ''Film/ShootEmUp'': Smith and Oliver get pursued by every freelance assassin in the city (which is a surprisingly high number).
* In ''Film/BringMeTheHeadOfTheMachineGunWoman'', gang lord Che Longana puts a bounty of 300 million pesos on the head of the Machine Gun Woman, which attracts all kinds of killers; from common street thugs to elite hit men.
* ''Film/ChaiLaiAngelsDangerousFlowers'': Recognizing how useless his own thugs are, Dragon hires a group known as the Five Nation Bounty Hunters to take out the Chai Lais. The groups consists a ScaryBlackMan, [[KatanasAreJustBetter a meido wielding a katana]], [[BladeOnAStick a martial artist with a bladed staff]], and [[MartialArtsAndCrafts a rhythmic gymnast wielding ribbons as weapons]].
* ''Film/TheCarRoadToRevenge'': Not as classy as many other examples of this trope, but Telar offers bounties on anyone who brings him the car, the girl, or the chip. As these bounties include free access to his arsenal of weapons, and free cybernetic enhancements, every gang in the city mobilizes in an attempt to claim them.
* In ''Film/KillBill'', the protagonist is a former member of
long against a Carnival of Killers, all with their own specializations and codenamed after different snake species. She ends up massacring most of the other members on her way to, well, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin kill Bill]], the leader of the organization.
* In ''Film/AlitaBattleAngel'', as the titular protagonist starts growing to become a problem for the BigBad, a group of cyborg bounty hunters and criminals, all with their own unique armaments, is hired to assassinate her in the course of a [[BloodSport Motorball]] match.
Of Killers sent by Creator/ChristopherWalken.


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* Describes the rest of the world for anyone who puts on the Number 2 Headband in ''Anime/AfroSamurai'': Afro routinely fought gangs of heavily armed killers determined to take the headband from him, even when he was just minding his own business.
* ''Manga/AkameGaKill'' is a subversion of the usual formula since the CarnivalOfKillers are the protagonists. Night Raid accepts assassination contracts on the corrupt and powerful.
* ''Manga/AkumaNoRiddle'' is about a girl who's the target of twelve assassins, until one of them decides to defend her instead. From that on, it's "only" eleven.
* In ''Manga/{{Arachnid}}'', Alice Fuji is made the target of such a game by an organization of insect-themed assassins. However, the reward for killing her gets increased for every assassin that dies, implying one purpose of this is to set them against each other and weed out the weak members of the organization.
* The many and various groups and individuals trying to kill Bambi and retrieve the stolen child in ''Manga/BambiAndHerPinkGun'', which include a gang of smuggling truckers in rigs bigger than most battleships, a powerful mafia family, a posse of biker cowboys, a cyborg luchadore, and psychopathic rock star Gabba King.



* The second half of the anime ''Manga/{{Trigun}}'' is about Vash trying to stay alive while keeping the 12 Gung Ho Guns at bay as they come at him.
* The many and various groups and individuals trying to kill Bambi and retrieve the stolen child in ''Manga/BambiAndHerPinkGun'', which include a gang of smuggling truckers in rigs bigger than most battleships, a powerful mafia family, a posse of biker cowboys, a cyborg luchadore, and psychopathic rock star Gabba King
* The [[PsychoForHire Seven Warlords of the Sea]] in ''Manga/OnePiece'' — to a degree, as not all of them are antagonistic towards [[TheHero Luffy.]] [=CP9=] probably counts as a straighter example, and they're actual assassins as opposed to the Warlords...
** Baroque Works plays this straight.



* The villains in [[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventureStardustCrusaders Part 3]] of ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' embody this concept. The main villain, Dio, hires a group of assassins in order to kill the heroes, or at least slow them down long enough for him to reach his full strength. These assassins come from all over the world, have a large variety of backgrounds (one habitually crashed planes and trains ForTheEvulz, one was a habitual gambler) have a large variety of ways in which they kill (challenging you to a high stakes game, killing you in your dreams, or simply shooting you with a gun with seeking bullets), include some incredibly strange individuals (including a sentient sword, a bird, and a ''baby''), and some even embody stereotypes (like Hol Horse, a modern day cowboy).
** [[Manga/JojosBizarreAdventureDiamondIsUnbreakable Part 4]] contains a lighter version of this. The early villains were all empowered by one man, but his goal wasn't to assassinate the heroes and most of the early villains fought the heroes for their own reasons. This changes in the latter half of the story, where the new villain's father is empowering people on the fly in order to find someone who can stop the heroes from tracking down his son. This ends up including such characters as a gangster granted the power to drain people's life forces, a cat that comes back from the dead as a plant, a kid who can steal your energy by winning in rock-paper-scissors, and a man who can fold you into paper if he sees your fear.
** [[Manga/JojosBizarreAdventureVentoAureo Part 5]] contains its own variant, where the group of assassins are all from a mafia family that the protagonists ''also belong to''. The heroes want to overthrow the boss and create a [[TheFamilyForTheWholeFamily nicer mafia]], but they're tasked with guarding the boss' daughter who becomes a target for everyone else. While the villains mostly belonging to a single Italian gang means less variety in certain aspects, the villains still showcase a wide variety of approaches and designs.



* A favorite trope of ''Franchise/LupinIII'':
** The ''WesternAnimation/LupinIIITheItalianAdventure'', plays with it by having the colorful group of assassins include Goemon. They are secretly assembled by a rising Italian politician to kill a ruthless African dictator. [[spoiler: Turns out the politician just wanted unrestricted access to the dictator's oil fields, and he has his own mole within the assassins turn on their cohorts to keep his secret.]]
** ''Anime/LupinIIIPart5'' plays the trope straight in the first part of the series when the [[UsefulNotes/TheDeepWeb dark web site]] Marco Polo sets a wild band of killers on Lupin as revenge for him stealing the hacker behind their success.
* The [[PsychoForHire Seven Warlords of the Sea]] in ''Manga/OnePiece'' — to a degree, as not all of them are antagonistic towards [[TheHero Luffy.]] [=CP9=] probably counts as a straighter example, and they're actual assassins as opposed to the Warlords...
** Baroque Works plays this straight.
* The second half of the anime ''Manga/{{Trigun}}'' is about Vash trying to stay alive while keeping the 12 Gung Ho Guns at bay as they come at him.



* In ''Manga/{{Arachnid}}'', Alice Fuji is made the target of such a game by an organization of insect-themed assassins. However, the reward for killing her gets increased for every assassin that dies, implying one purpose of this is to set them against each other and weed out the weak members of the organization.
* Describes the rest of the world for anyone who puts on the Number 2 Headband in ''Anime/AfroSamurai'': Afro routinely fought gangs of heavily armed killers determined to take the headband from him, even when he was just minding his own business.
* ''Manga/AkumaNoRiddle'' is about a girl who's the target of twelve assassins, until one of them decides to defend her instead. From that on, it's "only" eleven.
* ''Manga/AkameGaKill'' is a subversion of the usual formula since the CarnivalOfKillers are the protagonists. Night Raid accepts assassination contracts on the corrupt and powerful.
* The villains in [[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventureStardustCrusaders Part 3]] of ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' embody this concept. The main villain, Dio, hires a group of assassins in order to kill the heroes, or at least slow them down long enough for him to reach his full strength. These assassins come from all over the world, have a large variety of backgrounds (one habitually crashed planes and trains ForTheEvulz, one was a habitual gambler) have a large variety of ways in which they kill (challenging you to a high stakes game, killing you in your dreams, or simply shooting you with a gun with seeking bullets), include some incredibly strange individuals (including a sentient sword, a bird, and a ''baby''), and some even embody stereotypes (like Hol Horse, a modern day cowboy).
** [[Manga/JojosBizarreAdventureDiamondIsUnbreakable Part 4]] contains a lighter version of this. The early villains were all empowered by one man, but his goal wasn't to assassinate the heroes and most of the early villains fought the heroes for their own reasons. This changes in the latter half of the story, where the new villain's father is empowering people on the fly in order to find someone who can stop the heroes from tracking down his son. This ends up including such characters as a gangster granted the power to drain people's life forces, a cat that comes back from the dead as a plant, a kid who can steal your energy by winning in rock-paper-scissors, and a man who can fold you into paper if he sees your fear.
** [[Manga/JojosBizarreAdventureVentoAureo Part 5]] contains its own variant, where the group of assassins are all from a mafia family that the protagonists ''also belong to''. The heroes want to overthrow the boss and create a [[TheFamilyForTheWholeFamily nicer mafia]], but they're tasked with guarding the boss' daughter who becomes a target for everyone else. While the villains mostly belonging to a single Italian gang means less variety in certain aspects, the villains still showcase a wide variety of approaches and designs.
* A favorite trope of ''Franchise/LupinIII'':
** The ''WesternAnimation/LupinIIITheItalianAdventure'', plays with it by having the colorful group of assassins include Goemon. They are secretly assembled by a rising Italian politician to kill a ruthless African dictator. [[spoiler: Turns out the politician just wanted unrestricted access to the dictator's oil fields, and he has his own mole within the assassins turn on their cohorts to keep his secret.]]
** ''Anime/LupinIIIPart5'' plays the trope straight in the first part of the series when the [[UsefulNotes/TheDeepWeb dark web site]] Marco Polo sets a wild band of killers on Lupin as revenge for him stealing the hacker behind their success.



* An early arc in ''[[ComicBook/ThePunisher Punisher: War Zone]]'' had the New York mob hiring the seven best assassins in the world to hunt down the Punisher. Such things are something of an occupational hazard for The Punisher.
** Deconstructed in ''ComicBook/WelcomeBackFrank'', where a gangster employs three badass killers to take out the Punisher. The first guy is a Martial Arts expert "with a black belt in anything you care to name." Punisher says that he [[{{Understatement}} "knows a little myself"]], but settles on simply shoving the guy onto a subway track. The second guy is some kind of Neo-Cowboy Gunslinger, famous for a firefight with a police officer, where he ducked the bullet fired at him, and shot the cop dead. The Punisher riddles him with an UZI. [[note]]("Dodged a bullet. Not thirty.")[[/note]] Lastly we have an ex-Marine sniper and [[UsefulNotes/TheGulfWar Desert Storm]] veteran. [[CarFu Punisher runs him over with a car.]]

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* An early The first story arc in ''[[ComicBook/ThePunisher Punisher: War Zone]]'' had ''All-Star Batman'' (not the New York mob Frank Miller one) has Batman targeted by one after Two-Face puts a bounty on him. Notable participants include Killer Moth, Firefly, Killer Croc, and Tweedle-Dee and Tweedle-Dum. [[spoiler: Also a variety of ordinary citizens, the Gotham P.D. and ''Alfred Pennyworth'', all of whom Two-Face is blackmailing to some extent. And then Penguin, Black Mask and Great White Shark join in by hiring the seven best assassins [=KGBeast=] to kill Batman ''and'' Two-Face.]]
* ComicBook/{{Hawkeye}} was subject to one of these
in the world to hunt down the Punisher. Such things are something of an occupational hazard for The Punisher.
** Deconstructed in ''ComicBook/WelcomeBackFrank'', where
''[[ComicBook/TheAvengers Avengers Spotlight]]'' #24-25 when Crossfire put a gangster employs three badass killers to take out the Punisher. The first guy is a Martial Arts expert "with a black belt in anything you care to name." Punisher says that he [[{{Understatement}} "knows a little myself"]], but settles bounty on simply shoving the guy onto a subway track. The second guy is some kind of Neo-Cowboy Gunslinger, famous for a firefight with a police officer, where he ducked the bullet fired at him, and shot the cop dead. The Punisher riddles him with an UZI. [[note]]("Dodged a bullet. Not thirty.")[[/note]] Lastly we have an ex-Marine sniper and [[UsefulNotes/TheGulfWar Desert Storm]] veteran. [[CarFu Punisher runs him over with a car.]] his arm.



* ''ComicBook/ButtonMan'': When Harry's leverage on Senator Jacklin becomes useless after the latter's death, the Voices organize a massive game by sending thirteen other Button Men to go after Harry in a cross-country hunt. They get into each other's way to get to Harry a bunch of times, which is handily exploited by him.
* In the "Run Like Hell" arc in ''ComicBook/{{Catwoman}}'', the Penguin puts out a $1 million contract on Selina's head. This attracts a large number of Gotham's costumed criminals out of the woodwork to take a shot at her.
* In the 14th issue of ''Comicbook/{{Daredevil}}'', after word spreads about Ka-Zar's vibranium medallion, a motley crew of "agents from every nation and killers without a nation", in addition to the Plunderer and the police, all start gunning for Ka-Zar and Daredevil.
* In the ComicBook/{{New 52}} series of ''ComicBook/HarleyQuinn'', a $2 million bounty is placed on Harley's head, bring a veritable army of hired killers out of the woodwork to try to claim it.
* ''ComicBook/IHateFairyland'': In Issue #15, a group of Fairyland's best mercenaries are hired to kill Gert before she can finally make her way home. They [[TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou briefly argue over who gets to kill her]], but that's brought to a quick resolution when they're told that they'll all be paid equally regardless of who finishes her off.



* The Gray Riders, a group of twelve mercenaries and assassins hired to hunt down and kill Red Sonja in the ''[[ComicBook/RedSonja Legends of Red Sonja]]'' mini-series.
* In ''ComicBook/{{Lex}}'', a secret society aims to dispense justice where they think the legal system has failed. Their chosen method is to capture serial killers and other interesting types and offer them the choice of working for them or death. The comic's main team is a diverse group of assassins, including a gentleman bomber, hacker, SM-mistress, and Punisher-like ex-cop. By the third album, an escalating conflict with TheMafia makes Lex concentrate its forces and they call in every killer they control. Technically, Lex aims to be the good guys, but their morality is questionable and their assets approach can be quite brutal.
* This happened to ''ComicBook/MoonKnight'' a few times too. One incident had "the Council of Five" hire five assassins, including a sniper called Ice, a demolitions expert going by Boom-Boom, a knife specialist called Shiv, and a nunchaku-wielding martial artist going by Dragon.
** Another case involved Moon Knight trying to protect two businessmen from a trio of assassins called Gun, Fist and Blade. In a twist, the assassins turned out to be the good guys, the businessmen were millennia-old cultists who had to regularly sacrifice children to keep their immortality.
* An early arc in ''[[ComicBook/ThePunisher Punisher: War Zone]]'' had the New York mob hiring the seven best assassins in the world to hunt down the Punisher. Such things are something of an occupational hazard for The Punisher.
** Deconstructed in ''ComicBook/WelcomeBackFrank'', where a gangster employs three badass killers to take out the Punisher. The first guy is a Martial Arts expert "with a black belt in anything you care to name." Punisher says that he [[{{Understatement}} "knows a little myself"]], but settles on simply shoving the guy onto a subway track. The second guy is some kind of Neo-Cowboy Gunslinger, famous for a firefight with a police officer, where he ducked the bullet fired at him, and shot the cop dead. The Punisher riddles him with an UZI. [[note]]("Dodged a bullet. Not thirty.")[[/note]] Lastly we have an ex-Marine sniper and [[UsefulNotes/TheGulfWar Desert Storm]] veteran. [[CarFu Punisher runs him over with a car.]]
* ''[[ComicBook/RobinSeries Red Robin]]'' (DCU) introduces the Council of Spiders, a spider-themed carnival of killers that decides to take on ''another'' carnival of killers, the League of Assassins.
* ''ComicBook/LeScorpion'': In ''The Mask of Truth'', Cardinal Trebaldi puts a 1,000 gold coin price on the Scorpion's head. Every assassin in Rome tries to claim it.



* ''[[ComicBook/RobinSeries Red Robin]]'' (DCU) introduces the Council of Spiders, a spider-themed carnival of killers that decides to take on ''another'' carnival of killers, the League of Assassins.
* ComicBook/{{Hawkeye}} was subject to one of these in ''[[ComicBook/TheAvengers Avengers Spotlight]]'' #24-25 when Crossfire put a bounty on his arm.

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* ''[[ComicBook/RobinSeries Red Robin]]'' (DCU) introduces In the Council ''ComicBook/SinCity'' tale, ''Hell and Back'', the protagonist deals with one assassin after another. All of Spiders, the assassins belonged to the same guild, however.
** Also done in the first story. Marv has to deal with
a spider-themed carnival SWAT team, two hitmen, a cannibal SerialKiller, and a group of killers that decides federal agents all assigned to take on ''another'' carnival of killers, the League of Assassins.
him down.
* ComicBook/{{Hawkeye}} was subject to one of these in ''[[ComicBook/TheAvengers Avengers Spotlight]]'' #24-25 when Crossfire put The ''ComicBook/SpiderMan'' storyline "Identity Crisis" is about Spider-Man being framed for murder and a $5,000,000 bounty on his arm.head, dead or alive. Eventually he assumes several different costumed identities so he can keep up the superhero game without being harassed, but before he thought of that he was fighting off dozens of bounty hunters every day. The guys after the 5 mil ranged from mundane gun nuts and thrill seekers (like the Hunters) to professionals (like Shotgun) to actual costumed villains (like Override and Aura).



* In the 14th issue of ''Comicbook/{{Daredevil}}'', after word spreads about Ka-Zar's vibranium medallion, a motley crew of "agents from every nation and killers without a nation", in addition to the Plunderer and the police, all start gunning for Ka-Zar and Daredevil.
* In the ''ComicBook/SinCity'' tale, Hell and Back, the protagonist deals with one assassin after another. All of the assassins belonged to the same guild, however.
** Also done in the first story. Marv has to deal with a SWAT team, two hitmen, a cannibal SerialKiller, and a group of federal agents all assigned to take him down.
* The ''ComicBook/SpiderMan'' storyline "Identity Crisis" is about Spider-Man being framed for murder and a $5,000,000 bounty on his head, dead or alive. Eventually he assumes several different costumed identities so he can keep up the superhero game without being harassed, but before he thought of that he was fighting off dozens of bounty hunters every day. The guys after the 5 mil ranged from mundane gun nuts and thrill seekers (like the Hunters) to professionals (like Shotgun) to actual costumed villains (like Override and Aura).



* The Gray Riders, a group of twelve mercenaries and assassins hired to hunt down and kill Red Sonja in the ''[[ComicBook/RedSonja Legends of Red Sonja]]'' mini-series.
* ''ComicBook/LeScorpion'': In ''The Mask of Truth'', Cardinal Trebaldi puts a 1,000 gold coin price on the Scorpion's head. Every assassin in Rome tries to claim it.
* In the ComicBook/{{New 52}} series of ''ComicBook/HarleyQuinn'', a $2 million bounty is placed on Harley's head, bring a veritable army of hired killers out of the woodwork to try to claim it.
* In the "Run Like Hell" arc in ''ComicBook/{{Catwoman}}'', the Penguin puts out a $1 million contract on Selina's head. This attracts a large number of Gotham's costumed criminals out of the woodwork to take a shot at her.
* In ''ComicBook/{{Lex}}'', a secret society aims to dispense justice where they think the legal system has failed. Their chosen method is to capture serial killers and other interesting types and offer them the choice of working for them or death. The comic's main team is a diverse group of assassins, including a gentleman bomber, hacker, SM-mistress, and Punisher-like ex-cop. By the third album, an escalating conflict with TheMafia makes Lex concentrate its forces and they call in every killer they control. Technically, Lex aims to be the good guys, but their morality is questionable and their assets approach can be quite brutal.
* ''ComicBook/ButtonMan'': When Harry's leverage on Senator Jacklin becomes useless after the latter's death, the Voices organize a massive game by sending thirteen other Button Men to go after Harry in a cross-country hunt. They get into each other's way to get to Harry a bunch of times, which is handily exploited by him.
* This happened to ''ComicBook/MoonKnight'' a few times too. One incident had "the Council of Five" hire five assassins, including a sniper called Ice, a demolitions expert going by Boom-Boom, a knife specialist called Shiv, and a nunchaku-wielding martial artist going by Dragon.
** Another case involved Moon Knight trying to protect two businessmen from a trio of assassins called Gun, Fist and Blade. In a twist, the assassins turned out to be the good guys, the businessmen were millennia-old cultists who had to regularly sacrifice children to keep their immortality.
* The first story arc in ''All-Star Batman'' (not the Frank Miller one) has Batman targeted by one after Two-Face puts a bounty on him. Notable participants include Killer Moth, Firefly, Killer Croc, and Tweedle-Dee and Tweedle-Dum. [[spoiler: Also a variety of ordinary citizens, the Gotham P.D. and ''Alfred Pennyworth'', all of whom Two-Face is blackmailing to some extent. And then Penguin, Black Mask and Great White Shark join in by hiring the [=KGBeast=] to kill Batman ''and'' Two-Face.]]
* ''ComicBook/IHateFairyland'': In Issue #15, a group of Fairyland's best mercenaries are hired to kill Gert before she can finally make her way home. They [[TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou briefly argue over who gets to kill her]], but that's brought to a quick resolution when they're told that they'll all be paid equally regardless of who finishes her off.


* There was an episode of the 80s ''BretMaverick'' TV series where an author who writes westerns hires a Carnival of Killers to take out professional gambler Bret Maverick, so he'd have an ending to his latest book that's more exciting than "And he retired with a saloon and a cattle ranch."

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* There was an episode of the 80s ''BretMaverick'' ''Series/BretMaverick'' TV series where an author who writes westerns hires a Carnival of Killers to take out professional gambler Bret Maverick, so he'd have an ending to his latest book that's more exciting than "And he retired with a saloon and a cattle ranch."


** Baroque Works plays this straight
* Happens in the Yorknew City Arc of ''Manga/HunterXHunter''. After the Phantom Troupe has proven to be too much for the Mafia to handle alone, by killing their PraetorianGuard, the Elders call in the most famous assassins in the world to finish them of, including [[spoiler: Killua's father and grandfather]]

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** Baroque Works plays this straight
straight.
* Happens in the Yorknew City Arc of ''Manga/HunterXHunter''. After the Phantom Troupe has proven to be too much for the Mafia to handle alone, by killing their PraetorianGuard, the Elders call in the most famous assassins in the world to finish them of, including [[spoiler: Killua's father and grandfather]]grandfather]].



** Also done in the first story. Marv has to deal with a SWAT team, two hitmen, a cannibal SerialKiller, and a group of federal agents all asigned to take him down.

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** Also done in the first story. Marv has to deal with a SWAT team, two hitmen, a cannibal SerialKiller, and a group of federal agents all asigned assigned to take him down.



* In issue #4 of his first series, ComicBook/MoonKnight is targeted by the committee, a crime syndicate who feels MK double crossed them. They send out five assassins: [[ColdSniper Ice]], [[TheBrute Bull]], [[ArrogantKungFuGuy Dragon]], [[KnifeNut Razor]], and [[MadBomber Boom Boom]].



* In ''ComicBook/{{Lex}}'', a secret society aims to dispense justice where they think the legal system has failed. Their chosen method is to capture serial killers and other interesting types and offer them the choice of working for them or death. The comic's main team is a diverse group of assassins, including a gentleman bomber, hacker, SM-mistress, and punisher-like ex-cop. By the third album, an escalating conflict with TheMafia makes Lex concentrate its forces and they call in every killer they control. Technically, Lex aims to be the good guys, but their morality is questionable and their assets approach can be quite brutal.

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* In ''ComicBook/{{Lex}}'', a secret society aims to dispense justice where they think the legal system has failed. Their chosen method is to capture serial killers and other interesting types and offer them the choice of working for them or death. The comic's main team is a diverse group of assassins, including a gentleman bomber, hacker, SM-mistress, and punisher-like Punisher-like ex-cop. By the third album, an escalating conflict with TheMafia makes Lex concentrate its forces and they call in every killer they control. Technically, Lex aims to be the good guys, but their morality is questionable and their assets approach can be quite brutal.



* In ''Flag of Iron'', an old Shaw Brothers kung fu film, the main character is hunted by the Ten Killers of the Underworld. One of the killers is The Accountant who uses a weaponized abacus. Another is a HitmanWithAHeart who ends up aiding the hero.

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* In ''Flag of Iron'', an old Shaw Brothers kung fu kung-fu film, the main character is hunted by the Ten Killers of the Underworld. One of the killers is The Accountant who uses a weaponized abacus. Another is a HitmanWithAHeart who ends up aiding the hero.



* ''Film/TheCarRoadToRevenge'': Not as classy as many other examples of this trope, but Telar offers bounties on anyone who brings him the car, the girl, or the chip. As these bounties include free access to his arsenal of weapons, and free cybernetic enhancements, every gang in the city mobilises in an attempt to claim them.

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* ''Film/TheCarRoadToRevenge'': Not as classy as many other examples of this trope, but Telar offers bounties on anyone who brings him the car, the girl, or the chip. As these bounties include free access to his arsenal of weapons, and free cybernetic enhancements, every gang in the city mobilises mobilizes in an attempt to claim them.



* In ''Kill Dusty Fog!'' by Creator/JTEdson, General Trumpeter offers a $1,000 bounty on the head of Captain Dusty Fog, despite this being against the rules of war. Several guerillas make attempts to claim the bounty, before Dusty decides to confront Trumpeter directly.

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* In ''Kill Dusty Fog!'' by Creator/JTEdson, General Trumpeter offers a $1,000 bounty on the head of Captain Dusty Fog, despite this being against the rules of war. Several guerillas guerrillas make attempts to claim the bounty, before Dusty decides to confront Trumpeter directly.



* There was an episode of the 80s ''BretMaverick'' TV series where an authur who writes westerns hires a Carnival of Killers to take out professional gambler Bret Maverick, so he'd have an ending to his latest book that's more exciting than "And he retired with a saloon and a cattle ranch."

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* There was an episode of the 80s ''BretMaverick'' TV series where an authur author who writes westerns hires a Carnival of Killers to take out professional gambler Bret Maverick, so he'd have an ending to his latest book that's more exciting than "And he retired with a saloon and a cattle ranch."



* ''WesternAnimation/LupinIIITheItalianAdventure'' features an almost textbook example of the trope. An Italian politician hires some assassins from all over the world to kill an African dictator, among them a bomber, a KnifeNut, Goemon and a young Italian girl who's a ColdSniper and whom Goemon swore to protect at the cost of his life. Years later the killers get killed in turn by the sniper hired by the murdered dictator - or so it seems...


** In ''WesternAnimation/LupinIIITheItalianAdventure'', plays with it by having the colorful group of assassins include Goemon. They are secretly assembled by a rising Italian politician to kill a ruthless African dictator. [[spoiler: Turns out the politician just wanted unrestricted access to the dictator's oil fields, and he has his own mole within the assassins turn on their cohorts to keep his secret.]]

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** In The ''WesternAnimation/LupinIIITheItalianAdventure'', plays with it by having the colorful group of assassins include Goemon. They are secretly assembled by a rising Italian politician to kill a ruthless African dictator. [[spoiler: Turns out the politician just wanted unrestricted access to the dictator's oil fields, and he has his own mole within the assassins turn on their cohorts to keep his secret.]]


** In ''Anime/LupinIIITheItalianAdventure'', plays with it by having the colorful group of assassins include Goemon. They are secretly assembled by a rising Italian politician to kill a ruthless African dictator. [[spoiler: Turns out the politician just wanted unrestricted access to the dictator's oil fields, and he has his own mole within the assassins turn on their cohorts to keep his secret.]]

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** In ''Anime/LupinIIITheItalianAdventure'', ''WesternAnimation/LupinIIITheItalianAdventure'', plays with it by having the colorful group of assassins include Goemon. They are secretly assembled by a rising Italian politician to kill a ruthless African dictator. [[spoiler: Turns out the politician just wanted unrestricted access to the dictator's oil fields, and he has his own mole within the assassins turn on their cohorts to keep his secret.]]


** A nice subversion is in the episode "[[Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS1E9Angel Angel]]", where the Master hires the Three, three apparently badass vampires to take down Buffy. In their first encounter with her, she manages to barely escape with Angel's help (who kills one of them)...and the Master, [[YouHaveFailedMe incensed that they failed]], has Darla kill all of the Three, making their scenes a total of ''two''. They weren't the real threat of the episode; that happened to be Darla herself.

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** A nice subversion is in the episode "[[Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS1E9Angel "[[Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS1E7Angel Angel]]", where the Master hires the Three, three apparently badass vampires to take down Buffy. In their first encounter with her, she manages to barely escape with Angel's help (who kills one of them)...and the Master, [[YouHaveFailedMe incensed that they failed]], has Darla kill all of the Three, making their scenes a total of ''two''. They weren't the real threat of the episode; that happened to be Darla herself.

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