Assassin’s Creed is one of my favorite gaming series that I have ever played. One of the main reasons is how great the Templars/Villains of the game are. So I decided to go back on every game and give the one villain who I believe is the best in every game and rank them compared to the rest of the game.
I want to point out.
I want to say that I will only be ranking Templars from games I have played. I will bullet point the Assassin’s Creed Games that I have played.
- Assassins Creed
- Assassins Creed II
- Assassins Creed Brotherhood
- Assassins Creed Revelations
- Assassins Creed III
- Assassins Creed IV: Black Flag
- Assassins Creed Rouge
- Assassins Creed Unity
- Assassins Creed Syndicate
- Assassins Creed Origins
- Assassins Creed Odyessy
- Assassins Creed Valhalla
You know I contemplated leaving Valhalla out along with Odyessy as they completely throw out the whole Assassins vs Templar surrounding these games. Another reason why I am no fan of either game, but I will still rank them. I know that Origins technically does not have Templars but it has a storyline good reason for it as that game is where the whole Assassins saga started. So I will keep them in the ranking.
Alright, now that is taken care of let’s get into it.
12. Assassin’s Creed Odyessy – Nobody
I really don’t like this game, except for the graphics. They screw up the lore and continue to not name the bad guys as Templars with no logical reason. I legit could not remember one “Templar” in this game at all and painfully had to replay the game. You know what, I am not going to give a name for the best Templar in Odyessy, and if you are reading this now my recommendation is to not even touch this game either.
11. Assassin’s Creed Valhalla – Nobody
Valhalla is another terrible Assassin’s Creed game as you technically play as a Viking/mercenary. If it was not called Assassins Creed it would have been a better game. It is not as bad as Odyssey, but it still has problems. One main one is that this game is way too long and it legit took me 2 months to finish playing the campaign and I legit can’t remember who was the villain/”Templar” was. Then again I can’t remember the names of the good guys either except for Eivor.
10. Assassin’s Creed Revelations – Prince Ahmet
Revelations is a great game because it tells great stories concluding Ezio and Altair’s stories. However, the Templars were limited and weak in this game. I decided to go with Prince Ahmet as I feel he has the most intriguing story from the bunch and I love the way the writers ended his character story.
9. Assassin’s Creed – Robert de Sable
If I am going to be honest, I am not a big fan of the Templars in this game. My favorite and the one that keeps intriguing me is Robert de Sable. Especially with his reasoning of being a Templar and revealing the betrayal of Al Mualim. I love it when he stated that “Ironic, isn’t it? That I, your greatest enemy, kept you safe from harm. But now, you’ve taken my life. And in the process, ended your own.” Which is just a phenomenal quote.
8. Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag – Laureano de Torres y Ayala
I wish Bartolomeo Roberts was a Templar as he is my favorite villain in the game, but since he is not I can’t put him on this list. I am going with Governor Torres. While many can say he was just a politician labeled a Templar, a lot of his traits remind me of Rodrigo Borgia, but Torres is a weaker version of him. A solid version, but a weaker one, which is why he is lower on the list.
7. Assassin’s Creed Unity – Elise De La Serre
If this game was properly written It would have been more harder to make a choice. I have decided to go with Elise De La Serre. Mainly because the Templar order was super bland and full of boring characters. Germain was a missed opportunity along with the poorly written story. While Arno and Elise’s Love story is lackluster, I am compelled with Elise drive towards revenge and having a reckless side to her.
6. Assassin’s Creed Origins – Pothinus
Technically they are not templar’s but since this is the origins of Assassin’s Creed and it gives a good reason why they are not Templars I will give it a pass. I got to say this is a tough choice for me to make, but I am going with Pothinus. I just think he was the most well-written character in the Templar sorry “Order of the Ancients”. I love how we get to fight an elephant as well when facing him. To me what shows how great of a character he is he apologizes to Bayek for his son’s death, admits that they went too far, and sees his death as a token.
5. Assassin’s Creed Syndicate – Maxwell Roth
I was disappointed with Syndicate, but there is one Templar that I am a big fan of in this game. The best-written and most entertaining Maxwell Roth. I think Jacob Frye is an annoying character, but everything with his involvement with Maxwell Roth is perfect. Even though he is more of a psychotic anarchist, he still has ties to the Templar Order so I am counting it.
I like how Roth is super similar to Jacob Frye (Well except for the annoying Aspect of Jacob). Both are adventurous, reckless, hotheaded, and ignorant of the consequences. I always thought that Roth is what Jacob could have turned into if he did not have his sister Evie on his side.
I loved that when we got to Roth’s memory corridor and it was perfect to show how much of a crazy anarchist he is. I like his last moments where the explains the reason he does things, he first kisses Jacob and says “Why Not”. Roth then laughs and walks away from the memory corridor which is just so awesome.
I can’t be the only one thinking this, but I feel Roth would have been a clear example of what Heath Ledger’s Joker would have acted like if he was in the Industrial Revolution. Roth was such a great character that I wish he was the grandmaster in this game instead of Crawford Starrick.
4. Assassin’s Creed Rouge – Shay Patrick Cormac
As he is the main character of this game, this was a pretty obvious choice. I love how they wrote Cormac’s character and made his character development make sense. I debated Haytham Kenway here, but Cormac was such a cool and intriguing character. I really wish he was in Unity or they make a sequel on his character.
3. Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood – Cesare Borgia
Gosh I have so many memories of Cesare when playing Brotherhood. He is the pure definition of someone who has the blood lust of obtaining power. That made him stand out so much and his story just kept getting so much more awesome. Hell, he even killed Rodrigo Borgia which still stuns me to this day and I love his voice actor.
2. Assassin’s Creed II – Rodrigo Borgia
There is a long list of awesome templars in this game that are well-written. I have decided to go with Grandmaster Rodrigo Borgia. First off can we agree that Rodrigo is the smartest Templar in the entire series? I mean the guy was brilliant with how he made his plan through the series. Heck, he made the smart move to make himself untouchable to kill via the Assassins by becoming pope. Even in Brotherhood, he realized fighting the assassins was a losing battle and wanted to leave them alone.
1. Assassin’s Creed III – Haytham Kenway
No debate here, Haytham Kenway is my favorite Templar in the Assassins Creed Franchise. You can argue either Cesare or Rodrigo Borgia, but to me, it is hands down Haytham. He is so charismatic, has strong character development, and his story is so intriguing. I doubt it will ever happen, but I would love for there to be a game made on the growth of Haytham Kenway and why he truly made the switch from an Assassin to a Templar.
So those are my rankings on my favorite Templars in each game and my ranking of them. Hopefully, Assassin’s Creed Mirage can be better and give us an intriguing story, and great villains, and makes this a true Assassin’s Creed game. Do you agree with my list? If not tell me in the comments what you would switch around.
Assassin’s Creed Mirage will be coming soon to PC, PS4/5, Xbox One & Series X/S
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