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Assassin (アサシン, Asashin?), Silent Killer and Heroic Spirit of Assassination (暗殺者の英霊?), is one of the Four Cavalry Classes among the seven standard Servant classes summoned for the Holy Grail War. Servants of this Class are skilled at operating covertly, stealthy, and silently. Although most Assassins are famous for sneaky killings, Charles-Henri Sanson was a public executioner. This class is one of the weaker classes at fighting; as its members possess low attributes due to not having glorious legends as heroes, it instead specializes in killing Masters rather than Servants. It is an oddity compared to the more formal Knight classes who believe in fair duels and chivalry in combat; they will attack using the most unfair and favorable conditions, and with these conditions, it is possible for an Assassin to match and defeat other Servants. The Assassins' special class ability is ‘‘Presence Concealment”, which allows them to remain undetected when spying or preparing to ambush their targets.

Within the Fuyuki Holy Grail War system, it is said only the Hassan-i-Sabbah, summoned with the word "Assassin" as the catalyst, are applicable to be summoned due to them being the only true assassins to actually be recognized as Heroic Spirits. The Assassin in Fate/stay night, summoned by Caster, is an exception. He is an aberration in the system as another Servant summoned him. While he has Presence Concealment, it is his own ability rather than a Class Skill, and he appears listed as "Assassin?" in the Fate/complete material III Servant section. Heracles, even within the Fuyuki system, has qualifications for all classes besides Caster, so it is unknown how he would fit into the role of Assassin. The rule originally remained in the Great Holy Grail War system, but Masters eventually managed to bypass it after the abilities of all nineteen Hassans became known. The Moon Cell Holy Grail War of Fate/Extra does not mention any such rule ever having been in place.

Known AssassinsEdit

Servants marked with are also able to be summoned by Ritsuka Fujimaru in the Grand Orders.

Kama||Grand Order||Ritsuka Fujimaru
True Name War Master
Hassan-i-SabbahFirst Fuyuki Holy Grail WarUnknown
Hassan-i-SabbahSecond Fuyuki Holy Grail WarUnknown
Hassan-i-Sabbah (Midget)Third Fuyuki Holy Grail WarUnnamed Puppet-user
Hassan of the Hundred FacesFourth Fuyuki Holy Grail WarKirei Kotomine
Sasaki KojirouFifth Fuyuki Holy Grail WarCaster
Hassan of the Cursed ArmFifth Fuyuki Holy Grail War - Heaven's FeelZouken Matou
Li ShuwenMoon Cell Holy Grail WarJulius B. Harwey
Jack the RipperGreat Holy Grail WarSagara Hyouma
Reika Rikudou
SemiramisGreat Holy Grail WarShirou Kotomine
SthenoGrand OrderRitsuka Fujimaru
Jing KeGrand OrderRitsuka Fujimaru
Charles-Henri SansonGrand OrderRitsuka Fujimaru
Phantom of the OperaGrand OrderRitsuka Fujimaru
Mata HariGrand OrderRitsuka Fujimaru
CarmillaGrand OrderRitsuka Fujimaru
Dr. JekyllGrand OrderRitsuka Fujimaru
Mysterious Heroine XGrand OrderRitsuka Fujimaru
Shiki RyougiGrand OrderRitsuka Fujimaru
EMIYAGrand OrderRitsuka Fujimaru
Shuten-doujiGrand OrderRitsuka Fujimaru
Fuma KotaroGrand OrderRitsuka Fujimaru
CleopatraGrand OrderRitsuka Fujimaru
Hassan-i-Sabbah (King Hassan)Grand OrderRitsuka Fujimaru
Yan QingGrand OrderRitsuka Fujimaru
Wu ZetianGrand OrderRitsuka Fujimaru
Mochizuki ChiyomeGrand OrderRitsuka Fujimaru
Kato DanzoGrand OrderRitsuka Fujimaru
OsakabehimeGrand OrderRitsuka Fujimaru
Li Shuwen (Old)Grand OrderRitsuka Fujimaru
Consort YuGrand OrderRitsuka Fujimaru
UnknownGrand OrderNone
Hassan of Intoxicated SmokeGrand OrderNone
Hassan of SerenityFirst Tokyo Holy Grail WarSeiji Jinga
Manaka Sajyou
UnknownSecond Tokyo Holy Grail WarUnknown
Hassan of the Cursed ArmLabyrinth Holy Grail WarNone (Stray Servant)
No Name AssassinTrue and False Holy Grail WarsJester Karture
Hassan-i-SabbahTrue and False Holy Grail WarsFaldeus
Hassan-i-SabbahFifth Ainsworth Holy Grail WarShinji Matou
Hassan of the Hundred FacesFifth Ainsworth Holy Grail WarIllyasviel von Einzbern
Hassan of SerenityFifth Ainsworth Holy Grail WarMiyu Edelfelt
UnknownUnknown Ainsworth Holy Grail WarJulian Ainsworth
Okada IzoImperial Capital Holy Grail Strange StoryMajor Reiter
UnknownNone (Learn More with Manga! FGO)Olga Marie Animusphere
Tokugawa IeyasuNone (Koha-Ace)Unknown
Takuboku Ishikawa (Kaede Makidera)Grand Order(FGO x HW)Ritsuka Fujimaru

Nonstandard AssassinsEdit

Servants possessing the Class of Assassin for special reasons unrelated to a proper summoning.

True Name War Master
Arjuna (Fake)Grand OrderJoan of Arc (Alter)
Nitocris (Swimsuit)Grand OrderRitsuka Fujimaru
Scáthach (Swimsuit)Grand OrderRitsuka Fujimaru
Ushiwakamaru (Swimsuit)Grand OrderRitsuka Fujimaru

Other qualifying heroesEdit

True Name Current Class Notes
Calamity JaneArcher
EMIYAArcherFate/Ace Royal only
Hassan of the Quaking PipeN/A
Hassan of Shadow-PeelingN/A
HeraclesBerserker
Lü BuBerserker
MedeaCasterFate/Ace Royal only
Okita SoujiSaber

DevelopmentEdit

« This image is pretty straightforward. It's a Grim Reaper, completely inhuman in nature. Since this tarot card is technically of an assassin, I gave him daggers instead of a scythe. I imagined this guy fading in and out of the shadows, his daggers held in a reverse grip. Oh, and he's wearing a ninja hood. »

(Chihiro Aikura - Tarot Card Assassin, Fate/complete material II)

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