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Assef is the main antagonist of the novel, The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini and its 2007 film adaptation.

A sadistic, depraved sociopath, as a child he was a vicious bully who liked to dominate, harass, and sexually abuse others. As an adult, he is a member of the Taliban and the head of a child sex trafficking ring. Assef is also a virulent racist who believes in Nazism and the ideologies of Adolf Hitler.

In the 2007 film adaptation, he was portrayed by Abdul Salam Yusoufzai as an adult and by Elham Ehsas as a teenager.


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What Makes Him Pure Evil?

  • As a child, he would harass and bully other children in the neighborhood like Hassan and Amir.
  • He along with his companions cornered Hassan in an alley. He had his companions hold him down while he raped him.
  • He tells Amir that he believes in the ideologies of Adolf Hitler. Assef reveres Hitler for the genocide he committed. Assef wishes to commit genocide against the Hazaras, deeming them to be inferior.
  • Assef is behind a child-sex trafficking ring. He has children sold as slaves, and presumably abuses them himself, as well.
  • He is first seen as an adult stoning a man to death in a ring in front of spectators.
  • He abducts and sexually abuses Hassan’s son, Sohrab.
  • Assef attempts to kill Amir during their confrontation. He also attempts to attack Sohrab when the boy stands up to him.


  • Believe it or not, Assef might have an honorable side in the novel version despite being a sociopath, as he tells his guards that if Amir leaves the room alive and he doesn't, he must be allowed to pass since he has earned his freedom. In the film, however, Assef never gives this order and Amir and Sohrab are only able to escape because Assef's guards don't realize what has happened until it's too late.

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