Countless assassins have graced the Assassin’s Creed series over the course of its 24 games, nearly a dozen books, and a feature film. The Assassin’s Brotherhood, the umbrella group for liberation warriors, originates from many different centuries and continents. The Assassins believe in free will, whereas the Templars seek unification via control, leading to decades of brutal conflict between the two groups.
Despite their sinister moniker, Assassins are typically portrayed as the AC universe’s heroic protagonists, repeatedly foiling the Templars’ plans to control humanity.
Though most Assassins are more comfortable in the shadows, a few are clearly more skillful. Today, we’ll look at the top ten most infamous and strong rogues in the Assassin’s Creed series. Beware of the spoilers ahead!
Ezio Auditore da Firenze
Introduced in Assassin’s Creed 2
Though he didn’t begin his assassin training until 17, Ezio eventually became one of the most famous Assassins in history. With the Apple of Eden, he discovers the whole truth of his life, including the fact that his descendant is living to see it unfold centuries later.
His power points are:
- In his youth, he overthrows the Grand Master of the Templars, Borgia.
- Unites the Codex pages penned by Altar.
- Frees a large number of Italian cities from Templar domination.
- Ezio went on to create a Golden Age for Assassins by dramatically increasing their influence across Europe.
- Develop his own Codex, and mentor Shao Jun.
- Despite being severely injured from a fall and a barrage of gunshots, Ezio shows extraordinary power and endurance by single-handedly fighting many guards during the siege of Monteriggioni.
Introduced in: Assassin’s Creed
Altar was raised from infancy onward as an assassin. His extraordinary talent led to his promotion to Master Assassin at the age of 24. His talents made him arrogant and aloof at times. Still, he grew up and eventually dethroned his deceitful mentor, Al Mualim. Factors that make him stand among the top assassins are:
- The Assassin movement thrived under his leadership.
- He foils Templar schemes regularly and develops innovative improvements to hidden blades and assassination techniques.
- Amazingly, Altar was still physically capable at age 92.
- He is generally considered the biggest single contributor to the Brotherhood.
Introduced in: Assassin’s Creed 3
Connor (also known as Ratonhnhaké:ton), Desmond Miles’ ancestor and the grandson of Edward, joins the Assassins because he thinks the Templars killed his mother. Despite Connor’s realization of their innocence (at least in this regard), he continues to devote himself to the Assassin cause and train with the legendary Achilles Davenport. His strong attributes are:
- His tribe raised him to be a hunter and warrior, while his larger frame makes him particularly dangerous.
- Connor is a skilled fighter and marksman at home with swords and tomahawks.
- He has faced down Templars with the same ease he faced down bears and bobcats.
- He, too, follows in his grandfather’s footsteps and becomes an accomplished captain.
- Similarly, like his grandfather, he discovers a Shard of Eden that grants him invulnerability to firearms.
Introduced in: Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
Since they predate the formal establishment of the Brotherhood of Assassins, this duo can’t be compared to others who have contributed more to the Assassin cause. However, we cannot ignore them as precursor Assassins. Moreover, these Spartan soldiers have sheer might that few assassins can match.
- In Odyssey, players can opt for the role of either Alexios or Kassandra; whatever protagonist they choose, they will ultimately retrieve the renowned Spear of Leonidas.
- They are capable of taking on fabled animals like cyclopes and the Nemean Lion with the help of Leonidas Spear.
- The special weapon boosts the user’s strength, speed, and regeneration.
(Even though Alexios is used by more players, the official canon protagonist is really Kassandra.)
Introduced in: Assassin’s Creed: Embers
Shao joined the Assassin cause after being rescued from a life as a concubine. However, her Chinese sect was forced into hiding after being labeled public enemies by the Templars. Later, Shao comes back with a mission of vengeance, gradually eliminating the Templars’ control over the country. She finally becomes the reigning “Mentor” or Assassin instructor.
- Shao is one of the most effective assassins, combining martial arts, swordplay, and the distinctive “foot blade” secreted in her boot.
- She has been trained by various masters, including Ezio.
- Her nimble fighting style was once referred to as the “dance of death.”
- She could be cunning when necessary, such as poisoning her intended victim by passing off an impotence potion as a cure-all.
Introduced in: Assassin’s Creed: Initiates
Galina is the only person in the world who uses the Russian Animus to prevent mental decline, making her the strongest Assassin of the modern age. She quickly defeats a few mentally disturbed assassins, putting a stop to their misery and catching the eye of the group’s leader, Gavin Banks.
- After formally joining the cause, Galina helps destroy the Paris division of Abstergo (a Templar-based firm) and takes down Templars Sorkin and Berg.
- She’s a master with swords and guns, and her ability to sneak into a place undetected is enough to give even seasoned assassins the willies.
- Galina is one of the few contemporary assassins using traditional hidden blades.
- She is also a skilled improviser.
- She is rumored to have killed three Templars with a candlestick.
- Galina is the only person in the world who uses the Russian Animus to prevent mental decline.
Introduced in: Assassin’s Creed: Unity
Just like the notorious Ezio, Arno’s happy adolescence was cut short when the Templars murdered his family, and he had to join the Brotherhood. He honed his skills, killed numerous Templars, and eventually became a Master Assassin after reclaiming an Apple of Eden. Her strong points are:
- Arno has a stellar victory record, having conquered his tutor Pierre Bellec and Templar Grand Master François-Thomas Germain. The former destroyed a negotiated truce between the Assassins and the Templars.
- As one of the Brotherhood’s more educated members, he worked to bring the warring factions together after understanding that extreme adherence to the group’s creed led to violence and anarchy on par with their opponents.
Aveline de Grandpré
Introduced in: Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation
Once Aveline had completed her training, she led an effective anti-slavery campaign that freed many people from slavery in Louisiana, with some help from Connor Kenway (of Assassin’s Creed 3 fame).
- Aveline, though only 12 years old, impressed the Assassin Agaté with her intelligence and purity of heart.
- Aveline’s greatest achievement was her victory over the Templars in New Orleans. It was a significant triumph for the Brotherhood.
- Despite being more than capable in battle, her true strength was in her ability to assume the identities of others without being detected.
Thomas de Carneillon
Introduced in: Assassin’s Creed: Unity
Thomas a renowned French assassin, but we know very little about him. In 1307, he led an assault on the Parisian temple, using Assassins posing as mercenaries. Thomas was briefly defeated in a duel by Templar Jacques de Molay. Still, he quickly struck back with a fatal blow that ended the fight and prevented the Templars from reclaiming the Eden relics. His achievements are:
- He was instrumental in forcing the Templars underground.
- Thomas and his fellow Assassins journeyed across Europe in the following decades to eliminate any remaining Templars.
- Thomas became a legendary figure within the Brotherhood through his remarkable efforts in defeating Templars.
Introduced in: Assassin’s Creed: Forsaken
Edward Kenway, the father of Haytham and grandfather of Connor, was a pirate who traveled the world in search of wealth. A shipwreck brought him to a wounded Assassin, whom he killed and assumed the identity. This was the culmination of his self-centered quest. It took Edward a long time and a lot of hardships to overcome his greed and join the Brotherhood’s freedom movement. Still, he did so after some bad experiences.
- Edward was known as one of the best marksmen who ever enlisted.
- He carries four pistols to compensate for the single-round weapons of his era. It makes him capable of granting four shots before requiring a reload.
- While he was able to murder Templar Grand Master Torres, his swordsmanship was less than stellar, which easily failed him against two mercenaries.