Assassin’s Creed protagonists are some of the best gaming has to offer as Assassin’s Creed has been one of the most popular gaming franchises in the history of video games. Since the first game released in 2007, the series has spun off with Assassin’s Creed II in 2009, Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood in 2010, Assassin’s Creed: Revelations in 2011, Assassin’s Creed III in 2012, Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag in 2013, Assassin’s Creed Rogue in 2015, Assassin’s Creed Unity in 2014, Assassin’s Creed Syndicate in 2015, Assassin’s Creed Origins in 2017, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey in 2018, and the most recent installment to the series being Assassin’s Creed Valhalla in 2020. Throughout each and every title in the series, there have been very distinct and unique individual protagonists that the player will follow throughout the games. While many of these protagonists are greatly designed and developed, there are just a few that we like more than others. So what are our picks for the top 10 Assassin’s Creed protagonists?
Okay, so these two are the protagonists for Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey which saw the franchise took an incredible turn from the classic parkour-stealth action game into almost a full-blown RPG. While these characters aren’t necessarily bad, they’re just very inconsistent due to the implementation of the game’s branching dialogue options. Don’t get me wrong, they both have some fantastic dialogue options, and they actually feel like natural characters, but they just aren’t consistent at all.
9. Shay Patrick Cormac
Shay Patrick Cormac is the “Assassin-turned-Templar” from the 2014 entry into the Assassin’s Creed series, Assassin’s Creed: Rogue. While Shay is certainly interesting in the fact that he ended up becoming a Templar after being an Assassin since childhood, he just doesn’t hold up to other Assassin’s Creed protagonists in my eyes.
Eivor is the dual-gendered protagonist from the most recent addition to the Assassin’s Creed franchise, Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla. The ability for players to select either a male of female option for Eivor is a really nice addition for anyone that wants to switch up their characters; especially the ability to switch at any time. The main issue I have with Eivor is the fact that they aren’t really an assassin. They’re a Viking, which is definitely super cool, but Vikings aren’t exactly known for being the most stealthy of people.
Altair is one of the most famous Assassin’s Creed protagonists of all time. He was introduced to the franchise in the first game in the series in November, 2007. He’s definitely one of the coolest assassin’s in the series and the star of the Literal Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood Trailer by popular YouTuber, Tobuscus.
Bayek was the main protagonist of Assassin’s Creed: Origins. Unfortunately, he just didn’t get his time in the spotlight and needed a bit more character development and attachment. He’s likeable and his motivations are well-intended, but he just needs another game to flesh out his character a little bit more.
5. Arno Dorian
Arno Dorian was introduced in 2014 with Assassin’s Creed: Unity. Arno was a member of the French Brotherhood of Assassins and a Master Assassin in the times of the French Revolution. I know that Unity isn’t necessarily a fan-favorite, but I love the game and I always enjoyed Arno and his story.
4. Jacob Frye
Jacob Frye was the main protagonist from Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate. The Master Assassin of the British Brotherhood of Assassins in London during the Victorian Era, Jacob is just a really cool-looking dude. I love his outfits and his attitude as an Assassin.
3. Connor Kenway
Connor Kenway was the main protagonist from Assassin’s Creed 3. Connor was born to a British Templar known as Haytham Kenway, who you actually start off playing in Assassin’s Creed 3. After losing his mother at a young age due to the burning of his village by George Washington’s forces, he grew up and conviced Achilles Davenport to train him in the ways of the Assassin. I always loved Connor, maybe it’s because Assassin’s Creed 3 was the first Assassin’s Creed game I had ever played, but he’ll always hold a place close to my heart.
2. Ezio Auditore
Alongside Altair, Ezio Auditore is one of the most popular Assassin’s Creed protagonists of all time. He is a staple of the Brotherhood of Assassin’s and was actually the only named Assassin in the 2016 Assassin’s Creed movie. He’s definitely one of the coolest Assassins out there.
1. Edward Kenway
Edward Kenway is, in my opinion, the best Assassin’s Creed protagonist across all of the games. This might be due to the fact that Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag is my all-time favorite Assassin’s Creed game with Unity being a close second, but I really think that Edward is a great character. He is the epitome of a pirate and just kind of goes with the flow of things and adjusts as needed. I love Edward Kenway.