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* ''ComicBook/{{Vampirella}}'': A side story from Warren Times, "Hit Six". Hit Six is a woman. WouldntHitAGirl? Check. InLoveWithTheMark? Can't admit to himself, but double check. DefectorFromDecadence: OK, that's technically a spoiler, but triple check. The twist you can guess from the source - this woman is [[DamselOutOfDistress about the opposite of a helpless victim.]] Bullets will fly left and right before they may happily ever after [[RunningGag adore their ankles.]][[note]]When the hitman spies on her, still not having made his mind up, she lures on a corner, [[TapOnTheHead gives him another horn]] and orders him to spill the beans, admiring her ankles not counting as excuse. This then becomes the RunningGag between the two. [[/note]]


* The robot X9 (pictured above) from ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'', unlike the other robots of the X's series, has a heart due to an EmotionChip installed in his brain. He was so sympathetic to the audience that his death against Jack was one of the saddest moments of the series.

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* The robot X9 X-49 (pictured above) from ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'', unlike the other robots of the X's series, has a heart due to an EmotionChip installed in his brain. He was so sympathetic to the audience that his death against Jack was one of the saddest moments of the series.


[[Fanfic/TheMasksWeWearTeen Titans The Masks We Wear]] Other hired guns and assassins view [[VillainProtagonist Slade]] as one, but being John Grayson, a man that became a [[ProfessionalKiller Talon]] to protect his family, he doesn't see himself like this at all because he knows he's brought pain and suffering to innocent people as a Talon.

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[[Fanfic/TheMasksWeWearTeen Titans *[[Fanfic/TheMasksWeWearTeenTitans The Masks We Wear]] Other hired guns and assassins view [[VillainProtagonist Slade]] as one, but being John Grayson, a man that became a [[ProfessionalKiller Talon]] to protect his family, he doesn't see himself like this at all because he knows he's brought pain and suffering to innocent people as a Talon.

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[[Fanfic/TheMasksWeWearTeen Titans The Masks We Wear]] Other hired guns and assassins view [[VillainProtagonist Slade]] as one, but being John Grayson, a man that became a [[ProfessionalKiller Talon]] to protect his family, he doesn't see himself like this at all because he knows he's brought pain and suffering to innocent people as a Talon.

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* Franchise/JohnWick. Despite his reputation as a [[TheDreaded fearsome, deadly and incredibly dangerous hitman]] known as [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast "The Boogeyman" and "Baba Yaga"]], he's actually an affable, courteous person [[IJustWantToBeNormal who only wants to have a normal life]], but whatever you do, do NOT [[BullyingADragon provoke him]], because [[TooDumbToLive if you do]], John will kill you. [[ImplacableMan No matter how rich or how powerful you are, no matter how many bodies and guns you throw at him, no matter how far or how fast you run, John Wick will kill you]].


* ''Film/InBruges'' is about two likeable hitmen dealing with the aftermath of the younger one accidentally [[spoiler:killing a little boy]] during his first hit. The older one is then assigned to off the younger one, but reflexively throws the job when he sees his target about to take his own life in grief. Did we mention it's a dark comedy?

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* ''Film/Hitman1998'': The titular hitman is a contract killer who masquerades as a police officer in civilian disguise and strives to uphold the law.
* ''Film/InBruges'' is about two likeable likable hitmen dealing with the aftermath of the younger one accidentally [[spoiler:killing a little boy]] during his first hit. The older one is then assigned to off the younger one, but reflexively throws the job when he sees his target about to take his own life in grief. Did we mention it's a dark comedy?


* Vlad Taltos of Steven Brust's ''Literature/{{Dragaera}}'' series. Also, his wife Cawti, whom he met when she killed him (temporarily).

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* Vlad Taltos of Steven Brust's ''Literature/{{Dragaera}}'' series. Also, series is an assasin and mob boss who will NeverHurtAnInnocent and loves his wife Cawti, an assasin whom he met when she killed him (temporarily).(he got better).

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* ''{{Film/Killers}}'': Spencer, who's a nice guy aside from his work, though he claims most of his hits were bad guys. Still, he admits not liking it entirely, and quite after getting with Jen.


A blend of TheAtoner and ProfessionalKiller. Sometimes is ALighterShadeOfGrey. May result from falling InLoveWithTheMark. If this trope comes in the backstory variety, it's a SympatheticMurderBackstory. If his reluctance to kill the target ''doesn't'' cue a HeelFaceTurn, it might just be a case of [[NobleDemon evil having a lot of standards]].

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A blend of TheAtoner and ProfessionalKiller.ProfessionalKiller, and can (sometimes) overlap with FriendlySniper. Sometimes is ALighterShadeOfGrey. May result from falling InLoveWithTheMark. If this trope comes in the backstory variety, it's a SympatheticMurderBackstory. If his reluctance to kill the target ''doesn't'' cue a HeelFaceTurn, it might just be a case of [[NobleDemon evil having a lot of standards]].


* ''Film/YouKillMe'' features Ben Kingsley as a mob hitman with the flaw of alcoholism- in a subversion, he has no moral qualms about killing (he likes it, as it the only thing he's good at) and just wants help with his drinking so he can go back to his job. He does, however, feel guilt because some of his targets died slower and more painfully due to his drinking problem, and tries to make up for it (it was with gift cards, but it's the thought that counts).

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* ''Film/YouKillMe'' features Ben Kingsley as a mob hitman with the flaw of alcoholism- in alcoholism-in a subversion, he has no moral qualms about killing (he likes it, as it the only thing he's good at) and just wants help with his drinking so he can go back to his job. He does, however, feel guilt because some of his targets died slower and more painfully due to his drinking problem, and tries to make up for it (it was with gift cards, but it's the thought that counts).


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* ''Film/TheAssignment2016'': Frank is shown to have a soft side. He's got some good friends, loves dogs (later adopting one who'd been used for fighting) and displays genuine affection for his girlfriend.


** ''VisualNovel/AceAttorneyInvestigations 2'' brings us Ryōken Hōinbō[=/=]Sirhan Dogen, who, despite it not being a task to him and having no financial/personal incentive to him, [[spoiler:saved two children who'd been abandoned in a car that was freezing; had Dogen not done this, the children would've almost certainly perished.]] He also [[spoiler:only bullied and threatened the warden after finding out she made his godson suffer greatly]] and has a very loyal/heartfelt relationship with his dog, Anubis.

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** ''VisualNovel/AceAttorneyInvestigations 2'' brings us Ryōken Hōinbō[=/=]Sirhan Dogen, who, despite it not being a task to him and having no financial/personal incentive to him, [[spoiler:saved two children who'd been abandoned in a car that was freezing; had Dogen not done this, the children would've almost certainly perished.]] He also [[spoiler:only bullied and threatened the warden after finding out she made his godson suffer greatly]] and has a very loyal/heartfelt relationship with his dog, Anubis.RightHandAttackDog, Anubis.
** The first case of ''Investigations 2'' features the return of de Killer, who takes a hostage in order to force Edgeworth to investigate the murder of a man de Killer considered a WorthyOpponent. He figures out who the murderer is long before Edgeworth does, yet doesn't simply kill the murderer to avenge the victim but makes Edgeworth keep going and bring the murderer to justice, presumably because the victim was LawfulGood and would prefer it that way.


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* ''Comicbook/{{Hitman}}'' features a number of assassins of varying degrees of callousness. The star of the book only kills people whom he regards as "deserving it" (i.e. Mafia dons, super-criminals etc), although characters do point out the stupidity of this from time to time. He was also sick on Batman's boots once, which is awesome. The hero's best friend only acts the same for the sake of the friendship.

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* ''Comicbook/{{Hitman}}'' ''ComicBook/{{Hitman}}'' features a number of assassins of varying degrees of callousness. The star of the book only kills people whom he regards as "deserving it" (i.e. Mafia dons, super-criminals etc), although characters do point out the stupidity of this from time to time. He was also sick on Batman's boots once, which is awesome. The hero's best friend only acts the same for the sake of the friendship.



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%% * Also, Volke, from the ''VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius'' games, counts.

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%% * Also, Volke, from the ''VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius'' games, ''VideoGame/FireEmblemPathOfRadiance'', counts.



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* Jade Nguyen/Cheshire from ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice''. She does truly love her little sister Artemis and was willing to avenge her death before realizing it was faked. Season 2 shows that she and the Roy Harper clone (who would later be renamed Will) are married and have a child whom Jade named Lian which is Artemis' middle name. While she does leave Will and their daughter in season 3 she still does care for them and asks Artemis to give Lian a hug for her.

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* ''Film/TheAssassin'': The title character, Nie Yin Niang, is a female example. She refuses to kill a man when his son is present, and later decides not to kill Tian Ji'an because his death would plunge Weibo into chaos.


...Or is there? For perhaps even this cold-hearted killer will NeverHurtAnInnocent (usually a [[WouldntHurtAChild child]]). And not only does he not do his job, but he may even turn against his employer to save the life of the very same person he was supposed to kill. This guy we're talking about? He's a [[TitleDrop hitman with a heart]].

A common trope in a number of dark comedy and action movies is to have a sympathetic [[ProfessionalKillers assassin]] as either the protagonist or a secondary character. Although their job is to commit murder for money, they also have a number of traits that make them sympathetic with the audience. This occasionally overlaps with EvilIsCool, though the Hitman With A Heart is usually more of an [[AntiHero Anti-Hero]]/[[AntiVillain Anti-Villain]] presented as a sympathetic human being with some positive traits rather than truly evil. He is also often racked by a number of "[[JerkassWoobie uncool]] traits", such as neuroticism, reclusiveness, some sort of substance addiction, or presented as an otherwise damaged individual.

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...Or is there? For perhaps even this cold-hearted killer will NeverHurtAnInnocent (usually a [[WouldntHurtAChild child]]). And not only does he not do his job, but he may even turn against his employer to save the life of the very same person he was supposed to kill. This guy we're talking about? He's He is a [[TitleDrop hitman with a heart]].

A common trope in a number of dark comedy and action movies is to have a sympathetic [[ProfessionalKillers assassin]] as either the protagonist or a secondary character. Although their job is to commit murder for money, they also have a number of traits that make them sympathetic with the audience. This occasionally overlaps with EvilIsCool, though the Hitman With A Heart is usually more of an [[AntiHero Anti-Hero]]/[[AntiVillain Anti-Villain]] presented as a sympathetic human being being, with some positive traits rather than being truly evil. He is also often racked by a number of "[[JerkassWoobie uncool]] traits", such as neuroticism, reclusiveness, some sort of substance addiction, or presented as an otherwise damaged individual.

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