Assassin’s Creed is something like the Doctor Who of video game series in that with every new game a new incarnation of an assassin is presented to us. While the first couple assassins lasted longer than just a singular game, the series has focused on bringing one assassin per game since then.
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This has brought fans that prefer a certain assassin to another as every assassin we’ve had has had a different personality and setting. Some main characters have a slew of fans while some barely have any; it usually comes down to how well received the game the assassin was featured in turned out to be. For this list, we've considered mainly the character quality of the Assassin in question. Here is every Assassin in Assassin's Creed, ranked
12 Shay Cormac
No matter how good Shay would have been, he’d still find himself at the bottom of this list due to him being a turncoat. Even when disregarding that fact, Shay was a pretty crappy main character because his storyline stunk.
The game wanted us to believe that assassins’ ideologies also had a lot of flaws and in this instance, the Templars were in the right; nobody cared about that because the series is supposed to be about assassins and Shay switching sides instantly makes him unlikable. Other than that, his personality wasn’t something to go crazy about either.
11 Arno Dorian
Shay was the one who killed the father of Arno Dorian and we should thank him because Arno’s father would have had to live with having such a wimp for a son. First of all, it’s stupid that a French guy spoke with an English accent, but Arno was all around a lame character.
The game wanted us to take in his love story but we never saw anything worthwhile in loving Elise like Arno did. Arno himself has to be the weakest assassin ever in the series and his fighting is awful. He would get massacred by any assassin in the series if he locked horns with them.
10 The Misthios
In order to compensate for both characters’ canonical standing being vague, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey’s protagonist was stuck with a bland characterization. It didn’t help how dead the character sounded throughout the game during dialogue, and this was made worse due to how uninterested the Misthios looked in whatever they did.
It’s been confirmed that the female character was canon, so the developers should have made the Misthios character like her rather than sticking to things being so vague. All in all, we have no reason to be attached with this character because it has nothing to offer us.
9 Aveline de Grandpre
Aveline wasn’t a bad person by characterization, but she suffered from being unimportant. She was thrown into the setting due to the PS3 having a counterpart in Assassin’s Creed III, so the Vita got Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation.
The game had nothing of note and Aveline wasn’t even related to Desmond. Since she was the first female protagonist, there was a lot of obvious gameplay that was directed toward it such as the charming option. This made it more about her being a woman than the character being an assassin. Still, the main problem is how none of what she did matters.
Amunet very nearly didn’t make the cut for this list but we considered her because Assassin’s Creed Origins had several sequences that featured her as the playable character. Unlike Aveline, Amunet had more of her to show, but this wasn’t the best as from what we saw of her she was simply one angry person.
Unlike Bayehk, Amunet’s role seemed to just be angry at losing her son and dropping all rationality. She would mainly show up just to have some adult-style fun with Bayek before once again becoming angry at what happened to her son.
7 Connor Kenway
You can argue that Connor might be a very strong assassin as far as strength is concerned and he would fare very well in a competition between all the assassins, but his personality isn’t something that stands out.
Connor was basically an angry young man who was too immature to understand how the world works. When his story ended, he was still only 27, so we never saw him really become an adult. He did finish the Templar revolution in America so that sealed his historic legacy, but he doesn’t stand among out favorites because of how childish his outlook on life was. Then there was the fact he got schooled pretty easily by Hatytham, throwing into question his fighting prowess against the big leagues.
6 Jacob Frye
The Frye twins contrasted each other greatly; one was a smart alec while the other the mature one. Jacob was the sarcastic twin whose first instinct would be to assassinate and then figure out what was going on.
This made him a loose cannon and his repeated squabbles meant he came across like a kid. In gameplay, he wasn’t nearly as useful as Evie, who could fight just as good as him but had more stealth options. Jacob was the kind of guy you would want to hang out with, but not for too long because he’d start getting on your nerves.
5 Evie Frye
Out of all female protagonists, Evie was the best one as she had her own character and being a female was just secondary. While she wasn’t as fun as Jacob, she was the one we’d go to in times of crisis. Neither Frye twin was particularly strong or gifted like some other assassin on this list and would have lost pretty soon, but Evie was a notch above her brother.
Playing as her was the obvious choice in Assassin’s Creed Syndicate as Evie had the invisibility stealth option which made her both strong and the natural selection for missions that required subtlety.
After quite some time we had a protagonist who knew things weren’t all fun and game while still maintaining the likability factor. Bayek was more layered as well due to his demons haunting him about the son he inadvertently got killed.
He wasn’t as polished as the other assassins, but that is because Bayek was supposed to be the first assassin. His brawler-like fighting style was good enough to defeat all those in his way and Bayek has to stand as among the top assassins in terms of power and strength. He was the first one of them after all.
3 Edward Kenway
Quick on the jokes like his son and serious like his grandson near the end of his story, Edward was the most complete Kenway from the family. He wasn’t an assassin for more than 90-percent of the playthrough of Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, but that was what made him great.
Edward’s pirate skills brought something fresh to the series and his exploration is without a doubt greater than any other assassins we’ve seen. It was also fun to have a main character who didn’t care about the assassin and templar fight because that had gotten very redundant.
Although in gameplay Altair is unquestionably the worst assassin to play as, in storyline terms he might just be the best. Altair’s reputation has always been legendary and his long life devoted to serving the assassin cause is the reason why.
While he always remained stoic, we saw beautiful character development with how he turned from a young punk to someone completely selfless. In storyline terms, Altair’s fighting skills were so far ahead than anyone else that no one in his time came close, and he would likely beat any other assassin from other time eras too.
1 Ezio Auditore
You have to be the best character out there to deserve an entire trilogy of your own in a series that traditionally has one protagonist per game. Living through Ezio’s life was such a pleasure that we did so right from his birth to when he stopped being an assassin.
His skills might just be the greatest from an assassin, with only Altair to rival him, and his wit might beat the physically strongest out there as well. Ezio also displayed all traits of being a legend such as humility, respect, resilience and honor. His trilogy of games rank among the best in the Assassin’s Creed series.