Gaming’s greatest assassins

Gaming's Greatest Assassins - Ezio
Gaming's Greatest Assassins - Ezio

Whether you prefer to strike from the shadows or go all-guns-blazing, you can rely on these legendary gaming assassins to get the job done. Moreover, these sneaky killing machines turn murder into an art form, inventing ever more creative methods to dispatch their targets. If you come face to face with anyone on this list, you’re probably already dead.

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Whether you prefer to strike from the shadows or go all-guns-blazing, you can rely on these legendary gaming assassins to get the job done. Moreover, these sneaky killing machines turn murder into an art form, inventing ever more creative methods to dispatch their targets. If you come face to face with anyone on this list, you’re probably already dead.

Agent 47

Appears in: Hitman series

Gaming's Greatest Assassins - Agent 47 Hitman

Rule number one of the assassin business is be inconspicuous, which Agent 47 perfectly demonstrates with his polished bald head that has a whopping great barcode stamped on it. Okay, so Agent 47 sticks out like a sore thumb, but that just makes it all the more impressive when he infiltrates all manner of high-security situations to pull off his elaborate hits.

Ezio Auditore da Firenze

Gamings Greatest Assassins - Ezio

Ezio may not have been the first player character of the Assassin’s Creed series (that honour goes to Altaïr Ibn-La’Ahad), but he’s certainly the most prolific, having starred in no less than three games between 2009 and 2011. In spite of the fact that his order’s supposed to stick to the shadows and blend in with the crowds, Ezio quickly became the series’ breakout star, thanks to his quick wit and velvety Italian accent.

Talion

Appears in: Middle-Earth series

Gaming's Greatest Assassins Middle-Earth

Usually, assassins in Tolkien’s fantasy universe are the villains – minions of Sauron, creatures born from the darkness etc. However, in Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor and its sequel, you can delight in being bad as the ruthless Orc-killer, Talion.

Emily Kaldwin

Appears in: Dishonored 2

Gaming's Greatest Assassins - Dishonored 2

Most assassins have to rely on marksmanship, research, and patient sneakery in order to execute their targets. That’s not the case for Emily Kaldwin, who can use her Void powers to scale buildings, mesmerise guards, or simply transform into a horrifying shadow-monster and literally tear her targets limb from limb.

Rikimaru

Appears in: Tenchu: Stealth Assassins

Gaming's Greatest Assassins - Tenchu

This formidable ninja starred in one of the earliest stealth games way back on the PS1. Rikimaru excels in stalking his prey from the shadows, before swooping in for a clean kill.

Thane Krios

Appears in: Mass Effect series

Gamings Greatest Assassins - Thane Mass Effect

Thane might look like melancholy gecko, but this drell assassin is actually a complex character who combines a virtuosic talent for murder with a deep and sincere spirituality.

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