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Assef is a villain from Khaled Hosseini's novel, The Kite Runner. He has a sociopathic nature, even as a child and admires Adolf Hitler for what he had done in attempting to eliminate the Jews.

Assef desires to surpass Hitler by eradicating all the Hazaras, in which he shows his hatred by rapeing Amir's servant, Hassan, for not giving him a kite. He later on becomes a high-ranking member of the Taliban, where he takes small children from orphanages to become sex slaves.

Personality

As a child, Assef is a twisted individual who outright believe that Hitler's deeds are good and honors the man's evil deeds. He has no morals and enjoys seeing people suffer as he bullied children in his neighborhood. Since Assef is outright xenophobic, he has no qualms talking down on Hazaras and wishing to see them destroyed.

When he is around adults, such as Amir's father and his guests, Assef puts up a fake personality acting all amicable and friendly. Even as a child, Assef has sadistic pleasure in torturing his victims, such as raping Hassan just to prove a point on how low Hazaras are to him. As a teen, he is believed to be traitorous, as he raped one of his men for an unknown reason.

As an adult, Assef is homicidal, as the first time he debuts from the timeskip, he had a man stoned to death by an extremist conduction of Sharia Law. He is as clever and sadistic as he was when he was a child, but his hatred has expanded to carry out his goals of Hazara genocide. He not only enjoys wreaking havoc among civilians as a terrorist leader, but he also kidnaps children to make them into his sex slaves. When he confronted Amir, he displayed some leniency towards slaughtering him on sight, but openly admits that he took pleasure in raping Hassan's son and even tried to prevent the child from leaving with Amir.

Synopsis

Assef first appears with his companions to taunt and bully Amir and Hassan, who were walking down the street. He often questions their friendship, as he tried to mock Hassan with the idea that "he is really just a servant to Amir".

After Amir and Hassan won the kite-fighting competition, Hassan got lost and ended up in an alley where he was cornered by Assef and his friends. Unwilling to surrender the blue kite that he had gotten, Assef proceeded to "teach him a lesson" with the help of his friends by raping him. Amir witnessed the whole thing, ran away, and went into silence by ignoring Hassan's existence.

One night at a party, Hassan attended the party where he socialized with the adults and had a fun time at the expense of Amir's misery. When Amir and part of his family had to relocate to avoid terrorists, it was revealed that one of Assef's closest friends, Kamal, was raped by Assef.

Decades later, Assef joins the Taliban and was responsible for numerous deaths that had happened in the region as a result of the Taliban's conquest. After Hassan's death to the Taliban, Assef kidnapped his son, Sohrab, and kept him as a sex slave. When Assef first appears, he stones a man to death in a spectator crowd. When Amir confronted Assef on releasing Sohrab, Assef refuses, which resulted in a physical altercation. Ultimately, Assef was knocked back, and Sohrab threw a ball bearing into his socket, leaving the latter convulsing on the ground, while the two made their escape.