Assassin’s Creed spans numerous timelines. While some of the games primary characters are forgettable, others are appealing and intriguing. The Assassin’s Creed franchise has featured a lot of protagonists due to its time-hopping nature. New protagonists are introduced for each historical period covered by the games. To make matters more complicated, the series is divided into two storylines: the ever-changing historical plots and the overall real-world tale with more consistent protagonists.
The Assassin’s Creed franchise frequently strives to make their major characters unique and lovable. Some characters invariably fall short of expectations, coming out as uninteresting, repulsive, or both. Others rapidly become unforgettable favorites due to their relatable characteristics and the strange allure that surrounds them.
Assassin’s Creed is well-known for having two stories running concurrently: historical epics and overarching present sagas. The protagonists of the series’ non-animus tales are protagonists in their own right, and have thus been included in this list to better reflect the complete series.
Assassin's Creed – Altair
Altair was the original Assassin, and without a doubt one of the greatest and strongest assassins to wield the concealed blade. Altair influenced the course of history for generations to come, and he was one of the few who stood up to both the Brotherhood and the Templars.
Altair, like many assassins, recognized that the harm to humanity came not only from the menace of Templars, but also from inside the Brotherhood itself on the rare times when the Order of Assassins went astray. Altair fought legions of Templars and Assassins to safeguard humanity from power-hungry zealots, and he dedicated his life to the cause. Altair’s strength was tough to equal due to his determination and conviction.
Assassin's Creed: Syndicate – Jacob Frye
Jacob and Evie Frye were introduced in Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate. Both combatants were capable, but Jacob was the brawler. He had a knack for getting into mischief and rapidly became immersed in London’s criminal underbelly. In fact, it was his idea to establish a gang to break up the Templars’ control on London.
He could certainly handle himself, but his aggressive personality and impulsiveness were frequently a hindrance. He had a habit of charging into situations without thinking, and he frequently assumed he could punch his way out of any situation.
Assassin's Creed: Black Flag – Edward Kenway
The main protagonist of Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag was Edward Kenway, a brutal and clever pirate during the War of Spanish Succession. By chance, Kenway became a member of the West Indies Brotherhood of Assassins after impersonating a Templar and learning about their secret plot involving an ancient artifact.
While greed drove Kenway to become an assassin, his dedication became clear as he learned more about the true threat the templars represented. Kenway was a brilliant tactician and one of the strongest warriors, becoming one of history’s most influential assassins.
Assassin's Creed Unity – Arno Dorian
Arno is the primary character in Assassin’s Creed Unity; he is a member of the French order of Assassins and was a notable figure during the French Revolution. Arno was orphaned after his father was murdered by Shay Cormac; as a result, he grew up to be hasty and prone to juvenile rage tantrums.
However, indulging himself by participating in street fights helped him grow up strong and confident in himself. Because of his peculiar circumstances, which allowed him to exist between the Assassin and Templar Orders (which are normally mutually exclusive), he saw things in a totally different perspective than his colleagues.
Assassin's Creed: Origins – Bayek Of Siwa
Bayek of Siwa is a Hidden Ones founder member, second only to his wife Aya. Following the loss of their son at the hands of the Order of the Ancients, the pair embarked on a road of blood and vengeance. Bayek distinguished himself from the series’ other heroes by his ability as a warrior rather than a standard assassin. Although he learns to execute efficient precision strikes against the Order, his true strength lies in direct combat. When it came to combat, Bayek was ruthless and held nothing back, and he could handle a wide range of weapons.
Assassin's Creed: Valhalla – Eivor
Eivor was a high-born noble who lost her parents during a wolf clan assault. Styrbjorn Sigvaldisson, a Norwegian king, adopted her and turned her into a fearsome warrior. Eivor would not become a member of the Brotherhood of Assassins right away, having only been exposed to them as an adult.
Eivor was already competent in most melee weapons of the Viking era, some of which needed significant power to handle before she joined their ranks. This gave her not only a physical advantage, but also significantly more versatility than the other protagonists, many of whom specialized in specific weapons or fighting styles.
Assassin's Creed: Syndicate- Evie Frye
Although Jacob was the more veteran Brawler, Evie was also pretty talented. One only needs to look at her in action at one of Victorian London’s countless fight clubs to observe how she crushed men twice her size. Of course, the main reason Evie wasn’t seen brawling as much as her brother was because she had a few advantages. Jacob was readily swayed by the false notion that power makes right. He had the mindset that he could punch his way out of any problem. This increased his recklessness and impulsiveness.
Assassin's Creed 2 – Ezio Auditore
Ezio Auditore was the protagonist of Assassin’s Creed 2, but he would also feature in the franchise’s next two editions, Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood and Assassin’s Creed Revelations. Ezio was a determined assassin who strictly followed Altair’s teachings, having reassembled the lost portions of his codex, which formed the framework for what the Brotherhood should strive to achieve. He laid the groundwork for the Brotherhood of Assassins and trained several new recruits. Ezio has a unique set of abilities that proved useful in his fight against the Templars. He was a skilled swordsman who swiftly adapted to the increasing presence of weapons.
Assassin's Creed: Origins- Aya
Aya, or Amunet as she was afterwards known by the Assassins, was a founder member of the Hidden Ones. Aya, like her husband Bayek, were obsessed by a thirst for vengeance after their son was murdered. Aya’s fury, on the other hand, took a slightly different form than her husband’s.
Whereas Bayek chose a violent rampage through Egypt, Aya was more ambitious. She witnessed how the cult harmed others. She was able to establish contacts and allies in order to gather information about the cult, eventually forming an organization dedicated to that specific purpose.
Assassin's Creed: Odyssey – Kassandra
Kassandra was a one-of-a-kind protagonist in the Assassin’s Creed franchise. She was not officially an assassin (in fact, she predated the Hidden Ones by a century), but she certainly embodied the creed. During the Peloponnesian War, she worked as a mercenary in Greece, a skill that naturally suited itself to strength. Kassandra was a fighter. One doesn’t have to look far to see her athletic capabilities, as her muscular frame speaks for itself. But there’s more to this warrior’s strength than meets the eye.
Her Spartan ancestry is probably a significant factor. Because she was born into a militaristic culture that valued physical strength, she began receiving primitive combat training at an early age. Being the granddaughter of the great King Leonidas left her with a difficult legacy to uphold. But it’s Kassandra’s odd DNA that really set her apart. She is descended from a rare bloodline that combines human and Isu DNA. This has a few noticeable properties, including increased strength and damage resistance.
For the last ten years, the Assassins and Templars have battled throughout multiple historical periods in the Assassin’s Creed franchise, enthralling fans of video games, comics, books, and movies alike.
For those who are unfamiliar with the Assassin’s Creed backstory, the game revolves around Desmond Miles, a bartender who discovers he is the descendant of several lines of well-trained Assassins throughout history. Using the Animus – a Matrix-like device that allows Desmond to travel back in time and relive memories of his ancestors using his DNA – players take control of some of the most lethal Assassins in the AC universe, learning what secrets each character witnessed of the mysterious First Civilization and how it shaped the future.