10 Fictional Assassinations of Real People

Honestly, I have no idea why two fictional assassinations of real people are causing controversy at the same time. First it was author Hilary Mantel’s short story “The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher” (see below). Next, as you probably know, The Interview — about the fictional assassination of Kim Jong-un — drew the ire of some hackers somewhere, and the result has been a maelstrom of insanity and AutoCorrect the likes of which Hollywood has never seen.

But fictional assassinations are not new. And this is not the first time they’ve caused controversy. Here is a list of ten fictional assassinations (of people who really existed) from classical and recent literature. A note: obviously some of these people were actually assassinated, but the depiction of each assassination, in the below cases, contains some fictional or dramatic elements.


The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher, Hilary Mantel

This recent collection of Mantel’s stories features only one assassination fantasy about killing Margaret Thatcher. Nevertheless, it has caused several Tories to publicly whine and cry “too soon,” even though Thatcher died more than a year ago. And they earned their rebuke: Mantel hilariously referred to their moaning as “froth and bile” and reminded them that the story concerns a fictional assassination of someone who is dead.