“The way to a man's heart is through his stomach...in a quick upward motion.”
An assassin is a wimp-ass version of a ninja. Ninjas "don't die, they just fade away," but assasins do neither.
As with many skilled professions, an ability to "snipe" is not essential to being an assassin, but does help.
The first known assassins in history were the criminal couple Adam and Eve. See with Cane, the forbidden fruit really didn't fall from the tree, they were a deadly duo who murdered more angels than can fit on the head of a pin, stealing cars east of Eden, mowing down the untouched wild grass with browning automatic rifles.
Assassins primarily filled a function in society of thwarting anyone's plans to have a good time, under the pretence of killing Templar Knights. Their real goal was to spread anarchy with their creed that "Nothing is true, and everything is permitted". This is why they murdered The Pope, Genghis Khan, Qin Shi Huang, Robert De Sable, Arch Duke Ferdinand, George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, Gandhi, Jackie Chan, JFK and the KFC guy among others, including Martin Luther King , who was killed because his chicken stealing had gotten out of hand.
The term "Assassin" was coined by an early 14th century pie-maker from London who was known to bring punters to his shop by shouting "Get ur asses in here!". Initially this marketing ploy worked well, but within a few months news of the pie-makers success had spread throughout the city and several merchants were determined to muscle in on his business. Gradually the phrase "Get ur asses in here!" lost its power as cheaper pies became available, and the pie-maker had to turn to contract killing to make ends meet. Already skilled with a butchers knife he found he was quite skilled at murder. His reptutation for killing also spread, and so while he would continue to stand at the door of his shop and cry "Get ur asses in here!" his newer clientel mistook his cries for "Get your Assassin here!".
A "hit man" is the name of a bald assassin. Professional assassins, however, prefer to be called People Disposal Agents.
The assassination market chain Quickie death has made progress in promoting assassinations as an effective way of dealing with Irritating neighbours, annoying bosses, teachers, relatives and the occasional wife. They are mostly retired CIA, MI6, Wal-Mart or KGB agents ("the deadliest work at gay bars") seeking supplemental income because of the poor pensions these agencies pay. They are masters of disguise, sharpshooting, martial arts, and creative thinking skills like MacGyver. In order not to arouse undue suspicion, they pretend to be normal people in everyday life who simply wear trench coats in midsummer and sunglasses at night.
PDAs are usually of German, Arabian or Russian descent, anywhere that gives them a heavy accent. A descendant of a combination of the aforementioned traits is the most desirable because of a high concentration of evil genes, but such valuable individuals are quite rare.
Modern assassins tend to be highly skilled, highly motivated, resourceful people who have acheived a degree of power and influence through their tenacity. Once they have reached a peak of material success assassins tend to come to the notion that they could rule the world better than most of those nerdy suits in office. Their skills and resources mean they can travel and act with impunity, and it is rumoured that assassins have been the secret rules of Earth for millenia. Governments have gotten wise to their plans, however, and have become increasingly proficient in identifying and locating assassins. Once an assassin has been identified, they are rounded up by a CIA organisation known as Warner Bro's Studios. The job of Warner Bro's Studios is to make sure that these rounded up assassins, known in the industry as 'Celebrities', are constantly on film. This means that no matter where they travel, hoardes of the general public will instantly swamp them on sight. In this way the CIA can make sure that these Assassins carry out only CIA sanctioned executions, and do not continue to go on killing sprees with the aim of making the world more to their own suiting. It is a little known fact that most of the films coming out of Hollywood are covert debriefings of recent assassinations, and that the best scripts are written when an assassin, high on bloodlust and hubris, has killed upwards of 30 people in a week and REALLY REALLY needs to talk about it (see "300", "Coriolanus" and "Being Elmo").