- “Mwa ha ha ha! Time to feel some pain!”
- —The Assassin
The Assassin is an evil ape officer who rides on a Shadow Wing and appears as the secondary antagonist in the console versions of The Legend of Spyro: The Eternal Night. Together, both the Assassin and his Shadow Wing tried to kill Spyro, but failed when the purple dragon slew them at the Mountain of Malefor.
The Assassin wears purple armour and has a helmet with seven long, purple spikes. He speaks in a muffled voice due to his large helmet.
His Shadow Wing has a purple helmet with three spikes (different from the other Shadow Wings whose helmets have only one spike) and a sickly tan colored face and belly. Its eyes are hot pink, and pink drool slimes out of its mouth.
The Assassin's Shadow Wing does the attacking. It spits a smoldering bomb of green dark fire at Spyro, before ducking down below an object for protection. They don't attack Spyro directly like the previous Dreadwings and riders in A New Beginning.
The Assassin was first introduced riding his Shadow Wing in the final area of the Dragon Temple where he was revealed to be the one leading the assault on the temple. During a cutscene in which he set his sights on Ignitus, the Assassin ordered a sqaudron of other Shadow Wings to drop a band of Ape Soldiers in an attempt to subdue the Fire Guardian. The exhausted Ignitus managed to defeat this group, but the crooked Ape simply ordered another band of soldiers after him. When Spyro intervened to assist his mentor, the Assassin then ordered his underlings to go after Spyro, during which Ignitus used his Fire Fury to blow away all but four soldiers and two leaders over the temple's ledge.
After Spyro defeated the remaining Apes, the Assassin engaged Spyro in battle, yelling at him, "Prepare to die!" but his voice was muffled through his thick mask. Thus, Spyro couldn't understand what he had said, and Sparx translated his speech as either what he had actually said or him requesting Spyro to "repair a pie". The Assassin battled Spyro himself via his Shadow Wing spitting green fireballs in his direction. However, upon defeat, he flew away, vowing to return, to which Sparx misinterpreted as a friendly goodbye.
At the Mountain of Malefor, the Assassin ambushed Spyro once again during the young dragon's quest to rescue Cynder. He declared that he would finally kill Spyro, to which Sparx panicked when he mistakenly thought that "he wants to steal my brain!", and Spyro correctly translated the Assassin's dialogue, stating that it was "time for pain" (the Assassin was much closer in this boss fight unlike the previous one, which may explain how Spyro was able to understand him this time) before engaging in one last battle against the villain. After the battle, the Assassin finally met his end when his Shadow Wing was hit by Spyro's last fireball and plummeted into the green misty abyss below, taking its rider with it.
- Given that the Assassin's name did not appear at all in the main English voice cast, it is unknown who has played his voice, but it's either Corey Burton, Jeff Bennett, Clinton Skene or Andrea Toyias that did the voice of him, since they've done additional voices.
- The Assassin and his Shadow Wing make an appearance in the promotional story trailers for The Eternal Night.
|Spyro - Sparx - Ignitus - Volteer - Terrador - Cyril - Cynder - Gaul - Chronicler|
|Dragon Temple - Dreamscape - Ancient Grove - Grove Underground|
- Fellmuth Arena - Pirate Fleet - White Isle - Celestial Caves - Mountain of Malefor
|Ape Soldiers - Ape Leaders - Ape Commanders - Toad Weeds - Bulb Spiders - Death Hounds - Dreadwings|
- Grove Worms - Grove Mites - Grove Beasts - Growths - Skavengers - Skurvywings
- Blundertails - Pirate Gunners - Armourdilloes - Stone Trolls - Fire Elementals -
Elemental Crystal Brutes - Crystal Ball Spiders
|Fire - Electricity - Ice - Earth - Aether|
|Dragons - Apes - Spirit Gems - Scriber's Quills - Dragon Relics - Dragon Challenges|
|The Legend of Spyro: The Eternal Night Promotional Movies|