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Comic Book / Executive Assistant Iris

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Bodyguard. Assassin. The Executive Assistant is all of the above rolled into one.
Executive Assistant Iris, written by David Wohl, is comic book from Aspen MLT (publisher of Fathom) released in 2009. Entire comic series detailed the titular character named Iris who worked as an Executive Assistant, who specialized in espionage and assassination along with being a bodyguard.

Tropes associated with this work include:

  • Academy of Evil: The Academy trained Iris and other impoverished girls in rigorous and brutal training in order to create security agents with fine etiquette. They also made lackluster-but-attractive trainees as underage prostitutes and concubines.
  • Action Girl / Dark Action Girl: While the Executive Assistants are capable fighters, their nature of employment to Corrupt Corporate Executive and The Don tend to make them less-moral.
  • Bodyguard Babes: Executive Assistants are highly trained and well-endowed women trained from childhood to act as protector and saboteur.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: Majority of the employers, especially Mr. Ching, are not known to be moral and will do anything to maintain their power.
  • Corporate Warfare: Majority of the stories in the comics involve espionage, assassination, and extortions between corporations and syndicates with Executive Agents being the main conductor of these actions.
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  • Dark and Troubled Past: Iris grew up in a slum before the academy took her in. Unfortunately, the Academy happened to provide Training from Hell that broke her and her fellow recruits to be molded as cold-blooded bodyguards who would obey their employers.
  • Dirty Old Man: Mr. Ching is old enough to be Iris' father, yet he still showed his lust towards her in "bedtime".
  • Dragon Lady: Iris's nationality as a Chinese woman emphasized this trope with her seductive beauty and combat training.
  • Femme Fatale: Iris and Executive Assistants are generally attractive-looking assassin/spy/bodyguards who are also known to seduce their targets.
  • Karmic Death: Mr. Ching died at the hand of vengeful Iris for killing her lover and breaking their loyalties.
  • Ms Fan Service: Iris seems to provide an eye catcher for the audience.
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  • Reality Ensues: No matter how strong, skill and fast Iris is, she can't stay badass forever since age and the injuries she has throughout the series will affect her performance. By the 2018 storyline, Iris realizes she might be past her prime after an amatuer kidnapper was able injure her with a throwing knife when she would normally avoid such attacks.
  • Sensual Spandex: Her combat outfit tends to be form fitting Spy Catsuit.
  • Silk Hiding Steel: One of the traits as an Executive Assistant is to show a cultural sophistication that hides their more deadly skills in combat.
  • The Unfettered: As Iris demonstrated in her monologues, the Executive Assistants are trained to show no hesitation in eliminating their targets. One example being one of Mr. Ching employees who was assassinated by a poison even if Iris overheard him spending time with his wife and daughter.
    • Not So Stoic: Iris later fell in love with Dennis Rucker, who turned out to be an undercover agent along with conflicting loyalty with Mr. Ching. Sadly, Dennis was killed and set Iris on Roaring Rampage of Revenge.
  • Tyke Bomb: All of the Executive Assistants are recruited from children, even up to infants, who would be trained in fighting and social etiquettes.

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