Assassin’s Creed is the video game series that I grew up with and my absolute favorite franchise. I’ve followed the saga since I was seven years old and have played the vast majority of the games. Here is my personal ranking of every main assassin protagonist from worst to first from the following titles 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
I won’t be ranking main assassins in DLC characters, so Adewale won’t be in this ranking (even though he is my favorite DLC Assassin). I’ll be ranking modern-day characters as well such as Layla, Desmond, Abstergo Programmer, The Initiate, and Black Flag Research Analyst.
So, here we go…
17. The Initiate (Assassin’s Creed Unity and Syndicate)
Easiest decision I’ve ever made in a tier ranking article. The Initiate goes to the worst place as he legit does nothing in the Modern Day version of the game and we don’t even know what he looks like. He doesn’t say one word in either game that he’s a part of and he’s never mentioned ever again. You can legit take him out of the game and nothing would change.
16. Abstergo Programmer (Assassin’s Creed Rouge)
The same thing can be said about the Programmer, who utters no words. However, we do get an insight into who the Templars are. I like the ending of them offering him to join them or die. Besides that nothing much from whoever this Programmer is, stands out.
15. Black Flag’s Research Analyst (Assassin’s Creed Black Flag)
Pretty much the same thing with the Initiate, but the difference is that the Analyst actually gets templars to talk to him. Even Shaun and Rebecca speak with him! We get a great moment of the whole John Standish going crazy in Black Flag. He even sounded and looked similar to fellow Black Flag pirate Bartholomew Roberts which was interesting, but never followed up on…
14. Alexios (Assassin’s Creed Odyssey)
Out of all the Assassin’s Creed games in the series, I legit hate almost everything in Odyssey as it destroys the Assassin’s Creed lore and what the franchise stands for. This is a shame as I find Greek history fascinating and I wanted it to be an area that an Assassin’s Creed would focus on for a very long time. The only good part of the game is how beautiful it looks. The characters are terrible and the story makes no sense. In this game, you have a choice of character and I’m not a big fan of either.
The one I hate the most is Alexios. First off the voice acting with this character is terrible and the writing around Alexios is so lackluster. I legit at certain points believed we were playing as the bad guy with Alexios as it was so unbelievable that he was a protagonist. I know he’s more of a mercenary, but if that is the case, then why call this game Assassin’s Creed if he’s not even an assassin? The same can be said for Kassandra in this game.
Speaking of which…
13. Kassandra (Assassin’s Creed Odyssey)
I’m not going to go long here as I would basically copy and paste everything from above, but at least Kassandra was a more believable assassin and the writers developed her character a bit better than Alexios.
Not by a lot, but it’s a bit better. Even though her character traits are very mediocre and inconsistent with her story.
Odyssey was just horrible and for me, it’s easily the worst game in the franchise.
12. Eivor (Assassin’s Creed Valhalla)
This game could’ve been great if it wasn’t called Assassin’s Creed. This is a Viking game that just carries the label. This game was such a disappointment and oh, so boring to play. My biggest issue is that the game is way too long and I couldn’t care less about the protagonist. Eivor just doesn’t stand out and the reasoning of their character just makes no sense. The dialogue with Eivor was terrible and it’s a missed opportunity because there is a story there if it was properly written.
11. Jacob Frye (Assassin’s Creed Syndicate)
I like the idea of having twins be the main characters of an Assassin’s Creed game and I was hyped for Syndicate to come out. When it did, I was kind of disappointed and a major reason was that I didn’t like the Frye Twins that much.
The one that I wasn’t a particular fan of was Jacob Frye, who is legitimately the most annoying assassin I’ve ever played with… ever! He cared more for the gang and espionage, but it was in a super silly way and didn’t make sense.
The only time I enjoyed playing him was during the Roth section of the game and assassinating Dr. John Elliotson. I also kind of liked how much more aggressive he was against Evie in his style, but besides that, I was not a fan of Jacob Frye.
10. Evie Frye (Assassin’s Creed Syndicate)
I prefer Evie Frye over Jacob as she is less annoying, however, the problem with Evie is that she’s just a boring character. Nothing really stands out with her and she has this strange romance in the game with Henry Green that has no buildup and just comes out of nowhere.
She’s the more serious of the Frye twins and more of a silent assassin which is cool, but I just wish she was not so dull to play as in the main campaign.
9. Layla Hassan (Assassin’s Creed Origins/Odyssey/Valhalla)
I liked where it was going with Layla Hassan as the modern-day assassin in the world of the new games starting with Origins. However, the writers dropped the ball with her in Odyessy and Valhalla. I hated how they wrote her and I wish William Miles was more involved with both Odyssey and Valhalla, but he just seemingly disappeared.
I know he was in Valhalla’s DLC, but it still makes no sense how he wasn’t even mentioned in the main game. What I really hate is the way they “kind of killed her” off in Valhalla, her character ending makes zero sense and I’m still lost.
8. Arno Dorian (Assassin’s Creed Unity)
This one hurts because I was very high on Assassin’s Creed Unity and there were signs of Arno being a great character, but the writers of this game made terrible decisions. Poor character development, the story is absolute nonsense and they did no favors releasing this game on the same day as Assassin’s Creed Rouge.
Arno did have some great moments with the opening of the game, the whole saga of Bellec’s demise, Getting Revenge for Francois De La Serre, etc. But there was more bad than positive. Such a shame.
7. Desmond Miles (Assassin’s Creed, Assassin’s Creed 2, Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood, Assassin’s Creed Revelations, Assassin’s Creed 3)
Oh, what could have been. I remember playing the original Assassin’s Creed games and it was so awesome with the way they wrote his character and I liked his development. The story was going well with him until they pretty much ruined him in Assassin’s Creed 3.
That game is super underrated, but my main problem with it was how they ruined the modern-day assassin’s creed part. Just as he was getting to the next level, they straight-up killed him at the end of the game. In my opinion, you can make a logical argument that Assassin’s Creed never recovered from Miles’s death. I mean other games without him were still awesome, but it just never felt right without him.
6. Altair Ibn-La’Ahad (Assassin’s Creed)
Now we start getting into the harder part of the ranking where I had to debate with myself. I’m going to go with Altair here, mainly because I prefer more of older Altair’s character in Assassin’s Creed Revelations than I do in the first game.
I still love how they wrote his character and his development through his journey in the game. I hate how people rank him lower on this just because he’s boring and in an older version of the game. First, he’s definitely not boring, and second, so what if he’s in an older part of the game?
5. Connor Kenway (Assassin’s Creed III)
Many fans of Assassin’s Creed don’t like Connor Kenway and I can see why. However, I’m not one of those people. I think Connor has one of the most intriguing stories in the saga and every sequence he is in, is just so interesting.
I love the relationship he has with Achilles and tries to build with his father Haytham. I do think it was neat that his infatuation with killing Charles Lee pretty much cost him almost everything with what happened to his tribe at the end of the game.
Connor’s story is super cool but at times a bit sloppy.
4. Shay Patrick Cormac (Assassin’s Creed Rouge)
I know that many people aren’t fans of Assassin’s Creed Rouge and they have valid points, considering it’s basically a copy of Assassins Creed IV: Black Flag. However, I’m a fan of this game and despite it being too short, I felt it was necessary to build Cormac’s character.
Plus, it shows us a story of an Assassin turning into a Templar and gives us a great reason as to why the switch happened. I love Cormac’s relationship with those he betrayed like Kesegowase, Liam O’Brien, Hope Jensen, and Chevalier de la Vérendrye. I even like his development with the Templars like Haytham Kenway and Col George Monro.
They took a risk with Shay Cormac and I love what they did.
3. Bayek of Siwa (Assassin’s Creed Origins)
I’m not a very big fan of the latest two games, but I really loved Assassin’s Creed Origins. Especially with what they did with the main character Bayek of Siwa. I know Bayek most of this game plays as a Medjay and not an assassin, but it makes sense and they tied it neatly in the game.
Bayek slowly, but surely transitions into an assassin. His story is a simple revenge story for the death of his son, but it makes sense. I strongly recommend you play Origins as it also gives a great backstory on the origins of the Assassin’s Creed.
2. Edward Kenway (Assassins Creed IV: Black Flag)
Gosh, this game was fantastic!
They made a Pirate/Assassin’s game work as well as make sense. The main assassin Edward Kenway is one of the primary reasons why it works. He went from not caring about anyone, to a pivotal member of the Brotherhood.
His relationships with James Kidd and Blackbeard The Pirate are just great. Although I’m not a big fan of ship missions, they were very well executed. Kenway has an awesome story, character traits, charisma, and a great personality.
1. Ezio Auditore da Firenze (Assassin’s Creed2/Brotherhood/Revelations)
I mean, is there really a debate here?
Ezio is the GOAT Assassin in this franchise with the best story, character development, and is practically the face of the franchise. He is the first character to come to mind when it comes to Assassin’s Creed. He’s the most well-written and greatest character ever made in this series!
If you have any characters ranked above Ezio, you’re…
So those are my rankings Do you Agree? Let me know if you do in the comments or who your favorite main character in the game is.
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