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* ArcVillain: Capitaine Philippe Rose, Napoleon's subordinate (and leader of the Raiders faction) who he has no illusions about being a PsychoPartyMember, with Napoleon being a BiggerBad.

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* ArcVillain: Capitaine Philippe Rose, Napoleon's subordinate (and leader of the Raiders faction) who he has no illusions about being a PsychoPartyMember, with Napoleon being a BiggerBad.GreaterScopeVillain.
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''Assassin's Creed: Unity'' is the seventh major title in the ''Franchise/AssassinsCreed'' series. It was released on UsefulNotes/PlayStation4, UsefulNotes/XboxOne and PC on November 11, 2014, being released concurrently with ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedRogue''. Unity is the first non-numbered title to feature a new Assassin hero, Arno Victor Dorian. It will take place during the UsefulNotes/TheFrenchRevolution, and chart out the course of that epoch defining historical event, from the fall of the Ancien Régime to the ReignOfTerror.

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''Assassin's Creed: Unity'' is the seventh major title in the ''Franchise/AssassinsCreed'' series. It was released on UsefulNotes/PlayStation4, UsefulNotes/XboxOne and PC on November 11, 2014, being released concurrently with ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedRogue''. Unity is the first non-numbered title to feature a new Assassin hero, Arno Victor Dorian. It will take takes place during the UsefulNotes/TheFrenchRevolution, and chart charts out the course of that epoch defining epoch-defining historical event, from the fall of the Ancien Régime to the ReignOfTerror.



* AnachronicOrder: The Brotherhood missions as a whole cover incidents relating to historical incidents and they can be played in any order at any time, for instance you can play a mission set in 1793 while the story missions is set in 1791. As such it often contains spoilers for events you would access later in the story.
* AndNowForSomeoneCompletelyDifferent[=/=]DecoyProtagonist: In keeping with recent tradition, [[spoiler:the game begins in 1307 with a glimpse of a Templar Knight during the time of the historical purge of the Templars by King Philip IV, and we get a front row seat of the death and martyrdom of Jacques de Molay]].

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* AnachronicOrder: The Brotherhood missions as a whole cover incidents relating to historical incidents and they can be played in any order at any time, for instance you can play a mission set in 1793 while the story missions is set in 1791. As such it often contains spoilers for events you would access later in the story. \n The Helix Rifts emphasize this trope further, with missions set in medieval times, the Belle Époque, and World War II.
* AndNowForSomeoneCompletelyDifferent[=/=]DecoyProtagonist: In keeping with recent tradition, [[spoiler:the game begins in 1307 with a glimpse of a Templar Knight during the time of the historical purge of the Templars by King Philip IV, and we get a front row seat of to the death and martyrdom of Jacques de Molay]].



** Both the Assassins and the older Templars are quite aristocratic. With the exception of Pierre Bellec, all of them are upper-middle class or in the case of Mirabeau, an ImpoverishedPatrician whose range of experiences allows him to be the voice of a wide franchise. The game provides a lot of sympathy to the Consitutional Monarchy of 89-92 and practically none at all to the popular movement that drove the major events from the ground-up.

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** Both the Assassins and the older Templars are quite aristocratic. With the exception of Pierre Bellec, all of them are upper-middle class or in the case of Mirabeau, an ImpoverishedPatrician whose range of experiences allows him to be the voice of a wide franchise. The game provides a lot of sympathy to the Consitutional Monarchy of 89-92 and practically none at all to the popular movement that drove the major events from the ground-up.ground up.



** The ReignOfTerror and the Revolution as a whole is presented without the political context of the 1792 Revolutionary Wars. Namely the fact that the chaotic situation created by early defeats led to the September Massacres, a paranoid over-reaction that political prisoners would betray soldiers on the front lines, whereas here its presented as a Templar plot to sow chaos. The Terror, far from being the work of a few individuals, had wide public support and political bipartisan agreement about its status as emergency laws to meet the challenges of civil war, invasion and deprivations. The game presents it as an excess of ideology or fanaticism and [[spoiler:the work of Templars]]. Likewise, the game shows a bloodbath on the part of Robespierre's faction in the streets on [[spoiler:the night of his downfall, when there was ''no'' violence at all that day from his side. Indeed, Robespierre was reluctant to order attacks on the National Convention and fatally delayed taking action.]]
** The game's Brotherhood Missions and the Side Missions severely falsifies the lives and personalities of the likes of Jean-Paul Marat, Saint-Just, the Jacobin Club and the Enrages. The Jacobins are depicted as a bunch of crypto-Nazis who whip radical women like Theroigne de Mericourt for daring to ask for their rights, when in real life she was attacked by a radical faction of Revolutionary Women and was ''rescued'' by Marat. Likewise, Saint-Just and Jacques Roux are described to be psychopaths, with the overall negative depiction being informed by 19th Century royalist MaliciousSlander rather than actual historical research.

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** The ReignOfTerror and the Revolution as a whole is presented without the political context of the 1792 Revolutionary Wars. Namely Wars, namely the fact that the chaotic situation created by early defeats led to the September Massacres, a paranoid over-reaction overreaction that political prisoners would betray soldiers on the front lines, whereas here its presented as a Templar plot to sow chaos. The Terror, far from being the work of a few individuals, had wide public support and political bipartisan agreement about its status as emergency laws to meet the challenges of civil war, invasion and deprivations. The game presents it as an excess of ideology or fanaticism and [[spoiler:the work of Templars]]. Likewise, the game shows a bloodbath on the part of Robespierre's faction in the streets on [[spoiler:the night of his downfall, when there was ''no'' violence at all that day from his side. Indeed, Robespierre was reluctant to order attacks on the National Convention and fatally delayed taking action.]]
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** The game's Brotherhood Missions and the Side Missions severely falsifies falsify the lives and personalities of the likes of Jean-Paul Marat, Saint-Just, the Jacobin Club and the Enrages. The Jacobins are depicted as a bunch of crypto-Nazis proto-Nazis who whip radical women like Theroigne de Mericourt for daring to ask for their rights, when in real life she was attacked by a radical faction of Revolutionary Women and was ''rescued'' by Marat. Likewise, Saint-Just and Jacques Roux are described to be psychopaths, with the overall negative depiction being informed by 19th Century royalist MaliciousSlander rather than actual historical research.



** Arno and Pierre Bellec are one of the two additional prisoners of the Bastille that escaped on ''14 juillet''. Arno later infiltrates the Tuilleries on ''10th August, 1792'', the Fall of the Monarchy [[spoiler:where he tries, and fails, to burn the armoire de fer documents that discredits Mirabeau's reputation]]. Later, two of his assassination missions takes place during notorious events such as the September Massacres and the Public Execution of Louis XVI. He also observes Robespierre's Festival of the Supreme Being at the Champs du Mars (complete with Cardboard Mountain) and [[spoiler:works with Élise to bring about his downfall]].
** The Brotherhood Missions has him observe incidents such as the Woman's March on Versailles, the downfall of Danton and Jacques Roux. In a TimeSkip, Arno also acts as Napoleon's bodyguard protecting his carriage and finding the conspirators behind the famous Rue-Saint-Nicaise Machine Infernale assassination attempt.
* BigBad: [[spoiler:François-Thomas Germain, the Grandmaster of the Revolutionary Templars.]]
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:Élise dies. Arno avenges her but Germain essentially gloats how TheBadGuyWins since he has entirely achieved his goals. But Arno has embraced his destiny as an Assassin and rebuilds the Order. The Terror ends in France even if Napoleon looms on the horizon.]]

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** Arno and Pierre Bellec are one of the two additional prisoners of the Bastille that escaped on ''14 juillet''. Arno later infiltrates the Tuilleries on ''10th August, 1792'', the Fall of the Monarchy [[spoiler:where he tries, and fails, to burn the armoire de fer documents that discredits discredit Mirabeau's reputation]]. Later, two of his assassination missions takes place during notorious events such as the September Massacres and the Public Execution of Louis XVI. He also observes Robespierre's Festival of the Supreme Being at the Champs du Mars (complete with Cardboard Mountain) and [[spoiler:works with Élise to bring about his downfall]].
** The Brotherhood Missions has him observe incidents such as the Woman's Women's March on Versailles, the downfall of Danton and Jacques Roux. In a TimeSkip, Arno also acts as Napoleon's bodyguard protecting his carriage and finding the conspirators behind the famous Rue-Saint-Nicaise Machine Infernale assassination attempt.
* BigBad: [[spoiler:François-Thomas Germain, the Grandmaster Grand Master of the Revolutionary Templars.]]
Templars, and a Sage]].
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:Élise dies. Arno avenges her but Germain essentially gloats how TheBadGuyWins since he has entirely achieved his goals. But Arno has embraced his destiny as an Assassin and rebuilds the Order. The Terror ends in France even if Napoleon looms on the horizon.]]horizon]].



* BookEnds: The first proper Assassination mission ends in the darkness of a Notre Dame confessional; the victim is Charles Gabriel Sivert, the man who landed most of the hits when François de la Serre died. Arno kills him with a very sudden Hidden Blade to the face, and being his first proper Assasination victim, we see that he doesn't get [[CradlingYourKill confessions]], he gets [[MyLifeFlashedBeforeMyEyes memories]]. [[spoiler:The final Assassination mission ends in the darkness of the tunnels beneath Paris; the victim is François Thomas Germain, the man who is ultimately responsible for M. de la Serre's death (and had just killed Élise, to boot). Arno kills him with a very deliberate Hidden Blade to the face, and Germain's Sage powers allow him a confession with Arno.]]

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* BookEnds: The first proper Assassination mission ends in the darkness of a Notre Dame confessional; the victim is Charles Gabriel Sivert, the man who landed most of the hits when François de la Serre died. Arno kills him with a very sudden Hidden Blade to the face, and being his first proper Assasination victim, we see that he doesn't get [[CradlingYourKill confessions]], he gets [[MyLifeFlashedBeforeMyEyes memories]]. [[spoiler:The final Assassination mission ends in the darkness of the tunnels beneath Paris; the victim is François Thomas Germain, the man who is ultimately responsible for M. de la Serre's death (and had just killed Élise, to boot). Arno kills him with a very deliberate Hidden Blade slowly punctured to the face, and Germain's Sage powers allow him a confession with Arno.]]Arno]].



* CoolSword: The Precursor artifact in this game is the Sword of Eden, making its debut in the intro. It [[SwordBeam shoots lightning]], is patterned with cool TronLines, and [[spoiler: functions as a short-range teleporter when Germain uses it in the end, as well as possibly giving him his own Eagle Pulse.]]

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* CoolSword: The Precursor artifact in this game is the Sword of Eden, making its debut in the intro. It [[SwordBeam shoots lightning]], is patterned with cool TronLines, and [[spoiler: functions as a short-range teleporter when Germain uses it in the end, as well as possibly giving him his own Eagle Pulse.]]Pulse]].



* CuteKitten: One of the more funny moments in the Notre Dame demo is when Arno hides in a haystack, which has a tiny, mewing kitten in front of it. One of the guards comes forth to take the standard position for the haystack assassination, only he comes forward to pet the kitten instead, right before being killed. Arno hates Cat Lovers.

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* CuteKitten: One of the more funny moments in the Notre Dame demo is when Arno hides in a haystack, which has a tiny, mewing kitten in front of it. One of the guards comes forth to take the standard position for the haystack assassination, only he comes forward to pet the kitten instead, right before being killed. Arno apparently hates Cat Lovers.cat lovers.



** The main idea of a secret society unleashing the Revolution as a StagedPopulistUprising is derived from the book ''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Memoirs_Illustrating_the_History_of_Jacobinism Memoirs Illustrating the History of Jacobinism]]'' by Abbé Augustin Barruel who blamed UsefulNotes/TheEnlightenment as a malign and foreign influence on France. In Barruel's belief, the people of France did not want democracy and were forced to be free against their will by evil secret societies. This book influenced several 19th Century accounts of the Revolution and was a TropeCodifier for TheIlluminati trope which was also derived from the same era, as did the "Jacques de Molay, you are avenged" meme and the idea of the King's death being revenge for ThePurge of UsefulNotes/TheKnightsTemplar.

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** The main idea of a secret society unleashing the Revolution as a StagedPopulistUprising is derived from the book ''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Memoirs_Illustrating_the_History_of_Jacobinism Memoirs Illustrating the History of Jacobinism]]'' by Abbé Augustin Barruel who blamed UsefulNotes/TheEnlightenment as a malign malignant and foreign influence on France. In Barruel's belief, the people of France did not want democracy and were forced to be free against their will by evil secret societies. This book influenced several 19th Century accounts of the Revolution and was a TropeCodifier for TheIlluminati trope which was also derived from the same era, as did the "Jacques de Molay, you are avenged" meme and the idea of the King's death being revenge for ThePurge of UsefulNotes/TheKnightsTemplar.



* DemocracyIsBad[=/=]DemocracyIsFlawed: For once its the Templars who want to radically bring in democracy and chaos while the Assassins want to progress on rational, moderate constitutional lines. [[spoiler:At the end, Germain stated that the excesses of the Terror was partly intended to make people afraid of Revolutions and democracy so that people will crave order]].
* DestinationDefenestration: At the end of the multiplayer trailer, the player characters throw a corrupt marquise out of the window of his palace, to the hands of a raging mob.

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* DemocracyIsBad[=/=]DemocracyIsFlawed: For once its it's the Templars who want to radically bring in democracy and chaos while the Assassins want to progress on rational, moderate constitutional lines. [[spoiler:At the end, Germain stated that the excesses of the Terror was partly intended to make people afraid of Revolutions and democracy so that people will crave order]].
* DestinationDefenestration: At the end of the multiplayer trailer, the player characters throw a corrupt marquise marquis out of the window of his palace, to the hands of a raging mob.



** The Assassin Council are a hotbed of indecisiveness too bogged down by rituals and hierarchy to adequately meet the Revolutionary Templars. Mirabeau favored Arno's bold approach and solution of an alliance with Élise, but [[spoiler:fellow Assassin Pierre Bellec instead kills him and wants Arno to take a more radical KillEmAll approach rather than advocate unity, believing this is how Altair, Ezio and Connor approached problems]].

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** The Assassin Council are a hotbed of indecisiveness too bogged down by rituals and hierarchy to adequately meet contend with the Revolutionary Templars. Mirabeau favored Arno's bold approach and solution of an alliance with Élise, but [[spoiler:fellow Assassin Pierre Bellec instead kills him and wants Arno to take a more radical KillEmAll approach rather than advocate unity, believing this is how Altair, Ezio and Connor approached problems]]. problems. The other elders of the Brotherhood seem relatively neutral on the matter, preferring to strip Arno of his title rather than give him a chance to change the status quo]].



** The Assassin Council during the Revolution is perhaps the most ineffective branch yet, even more-so than the Colonial Assassins which was down to a single old man and a NaiveNewcomer. While Mirabeau sought to moderate the Revolution and contain the tensions, the Assassin Council as a whole played a reactive role to the Revolutionary Templar activities and play no part in the popular movement.

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** The Assassin Council during the Revolution is perhaps the most ineffective branch yet, even more-so more so than the Colonial Assassins which was down to a single old man and a NaiveNewcomer. While Mirabeau sought to moderate the Revolution and contain the tensions, the Assassin Council as a whole played a reactive role to the Revolutionary Templar activities and play no part in the popular movement.



** Georges Danton gets this in the Brotherhood Missions, he's described as the "Hero of the Revolution", shown as a {{Badass}} who joins Arno in a fight with sword in hand and presented as Robespierre's chief opponent in his desire to oust the Girondins. In actual fact, Danton was a highly pragmatic individual, quite well known for accepting bribes, living a lavish lifestyle at a time of starvation and wartime deprivation as well as involvement with stock-market fraud. He also served as Minister of Justice at the time of the September Massacres and let it happen unimpeded. Far from opposing the Terror, Danton installed the Revolutionary Tribunals and served on the Committee of Public Safety for two months before Robespierre's appointment.
** Napoleon is shown as a charismatic MagneticHero and a ManipulativeBastard, which is faithful to the historical record. However, it also has Napoleon criticizing "bloody revolutionaries" and opposing the excesses of the time, while the Side Missions shows some of the Jacobins (such as Saint-Just in a letter) trying to sabotage his career. In the historical record, Napoleon ''was'' a Jacobin at the time of the Revolution[[labelnote:History]]He loyally sided with the beleaguered Republican against Corsican separatist and royalist Paoli, who chased him and his family out of the island(and sent people to burn and loot his house). His connection with Robespierre was well known that he was briefly under house arrest after his downfall and kept out of commission for a full year.[[/labelnote]]. Napoleon's first major promotion came from Robespierre's brother and was made possible by the army's reforms during the year of the Terror. Napoleon justified the Terror in several private conversations right unto his exile in Saint Helena and described the Committee of Public Safety as the only real government of the revolution.

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** Georges Danton gets this in the Brotherhood Missions, he's Missions. He's described as the "Hero of the Revolution", shown as a {{Badass}} who joins Arno in a fight with sword in hand and presented as Robespierre's chief opponent in his desire to oust the Girondins. In actual fact, Danton was a highly pragmatic individual, quite well known for accepting bribes, living a lavish lifestyle at a time of starvation and wartime deprivation as well as involvement with stock-market fraud. He also served as Minister of Justice at the time of the September Massacres and let it happen unimpeded. Far from opposing the Terror, Danton installed the Revolutionary Tribunals and served on the Committee of Public Safety for two months before Robespierre's appointment.
** Napoleon is shown as a charismatic MagneticHero and a ManipulativeBastard, which is faithful to the historical record. However, it also has Napoleon criticizing "bloody revolutionaries" and opposing the excesses of the time, while the Side Missions shows some of the Jacobins (such as Saint-Just in a letter) trying to sabotage his career. In the historical record, Napoleon ''was'' a Jacobin at the time of the Revolution[[labelnote:History]]He loyally sided with the beleaguered Republican against Corsican separatist and royalist Paoli, who chased him and his family out of the island(and sent people to burn and loot his house). His connection with Robespierre was well known that he was briefly under house arrest after his downfall and kept out of commission for a full year.[[/labelnote]].year[[/labelnote]]. Napoleon's first major promotion came from Robespierre's brother and was made possible by the army's reforms during the year of the Terror. Napoleon justified the Terror in several private conversations right unto his exile in Saint Helena and described the Committee of Public Safety as the only real government of the revolution.



** Somehow, the ''entire'' French Revolution gets this, since its presented as a StagedPopulistUprising by a VocalMinority secretly controlled by the Templars to usher in the middle-class hegemony that displaced the aristocracy with the people being easily guided and led against their will. Much of this reflects the ConspiracyTheory put forth by Abbe Barruel in his book ''Histoire des Jacobins'' that was highly royalist in character (as well as highly anti-semitic).
** It is true that most of France were still bound to feudal traditions and resented the incursions by the state to change their way of life. A significant portion of the people in the countryside weren't for the Revolution and during the Terror, their crops and grain was seized by authorities in Paris for the war effort on threat of execution. However, the mood in Paris was defiantly pro-revolutionary and it did enjoy wide support from several regions since it redistributed Church property(the largest landowner in France at the time) among new landholders. While the middle-class of stock-holders and bankers did more or less become a political and economic majority, there was sufficient redistribution of wealth and meritocracy as well as more avenues for social mobility, to provide several members of the lower classes, opportunities that they did not have before.
** A major and grotesque simplification is the sans-cullotes (referred to in-game as "extremists")who are presented as hired agents of Templars and willing enforcers of Jacobins with Jean-Paul Marat as their mob boss, being little better than Mooks. In actual fact the sans-culottes were highly informed and quite sophisticated. Almost every Parisian male was literate at the time of the Revolution and they discussed and developed ideas of their own. The sans-cullotes were opposed to all parties for most of the Revolution, with some being quasi-anarchist and in some sections beiing self-governing and it was only late in the Revolution that they allied with the Jacobins and almost immediately regarded them as sell-outs which prompted Danton and Robespierre to limit their assemblies and pass a law that allowed the government to appoint their leaders. Likewise, while Marat was often accused of being an underboss for the sans-cullotes there has never been evidence that this was anything more than MaliciousSlander.

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** Somehow, the ''entire'' French Revolution gets this, since its it's presented as a StagedPopulistUprising by a VocalMinority secretly controlled by the Templars to usher in the middle-class hegemony that displaced the aristocracy with the people being easily guided and led against their will. Much of this reflects the ConspiracyTheory put forth by Abbe Abbé Barruel in his book ''Histoire des Jacobins'' that was highly royalist in character (as well as highly anti-semitic).
** It is true that most of France were still bound to feudal traditions and resented the incursions by the state to change their way of life. A significant portion of the people in the countryside weren't for the Revolution and during the Terror, their crops and grain was seized by authorities in Paris for the war effort on threat of execution. However, the mood in Paris was defiantly pro-revolutionary and it did enjoy wide support from several regions since it redistributed Church property(the property (the largest landowner in France at the time) among new landholders. While the middle-class of stock-holders and bankers did more or less become a political and economic majority, there was sufficient redistribution of wealth and meritocracy as well as more avenues for social mobility, mobility to provide several members of the lower classes, classes opportunities that they did not have before.
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** A major and grotesque simplification is the sans-cullotes (referred to in-game as "extremists")who "extremists") who are presented as hired agents of Templars and willing enforcers of Jacobins with Jean-Paul Marat as their mob boss, being little better than Mooks.{{Mooks}}. In actual fact the sans-culottes were highly informed and quite sophisticated. Almost every Parisian male was literate at the time of the Revolution and they discussed and developed ideas of their own. The sans-cullotes were opposed to all parties for most of the Revolution, with some being quasi-anarchist and in some sections beiing self-governing and it was only late in the Revolution that they allied with the Jacobins and almost immediately regarded them as sell-outs which prompted Danton and Robespierre to limit their assemblies and pass a law that allowed the government to appoint their leaders. Likewise, while Marat was often accused of being an underboss for the sans-cullotes there has never been evidence that this was anything more than MaliciousSlander.



* MeaningfulEcho: "Stay out of trouble." ''*incredulous look*'' "Don't get caught." [[spoiler:First spoken by Arno to Élise, before she goes to find Marie Lévesque's stolen grain; later spoken by Élise to Arno, before he goes to assassinate la Touche.]]
* {{Microtransactions}}: ''Assassin's Creed: Unity'' is the second game in the series (after ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedIVBlackFlag'') to get into the Microtransaction game. Players may use the "Estore" to purchase "Helix Credits". A select few items are only obtainable with these credits (namely, several in-game maps that reveal the location of collectibles and missions that, by themselves, can be found by exploration), but everything else is equipment that is also obtainable with the various types of in-game currency (namely, Livres and/or Creed Points that are obtained by performing in-game "assassinly" actions like using Fast Lifts or stealthy assassinations).
* AMinorKidroduction: Arno's first genetic memory is when he and Élise meet as children. [[spoiler:It also reveals the assassination of Charles Dorian and how Arno came to be raised by the de la Serre family.]]

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* MeaningfulEcho: "Stay out of trouble." ''*incredulous look*'' "Don't get caught." [[spoiler:First spoken by Arno to Élise, before she goes to find Marie Lévesque's stolen grain; later spoken by Élise to Arno, before he goes to assassinate la Touche.]]
Touche]].
* {{Microtransactions}}: ''Assassin's Creed: Unity'' is the second game in the series (after ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedIVBlackFlag'') to get into the Microtransaction game. Players may use the "Estore" to purchase "Helix Credits". A select few items are only obtainable with these credits (namely, several in-game maps that reveal the location of collectibles and missions that, by themselves, can be found by exploration), but everything else is equipment that is also obtainable with the various types of in-game currency (namely, Livres and/or Creed Points that are obtained by performing in-game "assassinly" assassin-like actions like using Fast Lifts or stealthy assassinations).
* AMinorKidroduction: Arno's first genetic memory is when he and Élise meet as children. [[spoiler:It also reveals the assassination of Charles Dorian and how Arno came to be raised by the de la Serre family.]]family]].



* RandomTransportation: What the Time Anomalies entails. In order to dodge the network of Abstergo from seeking out the Assassin Initiate, Bishop sends you through various server portals that takes you to different points in the history of Paris. This causes a breakdown in the render leading to elements from different timelines piling on top, [[spoiler:such as the in-construction Lady Liberty in 1898 Belle Epoque, when it had already been shipped and erected to France at the time. The final mission sends you to France during the UsefulNotes/HundredYearsWar, dodging Trebuchet attacks from the Bastille]].

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* RandomTransportation: What the Time Anomalies entails. In order to dodge the network of Abstergo from seeking out the Assassin Initiate, Bishop sends you through various server portals that takes you to different points in the history of Paris. This causes a breakdown in the render leading to elements from different timelines piling on top, [[spoiler:such as the in-construction Lady Liberty in 1898 Belle Epoque, Époque, when it had already been shipped and erected to France at the time. The final mission sends you to France during the UsefulNotes/HundredYearsWar, dodging Trebuchet trebuchet attacks from the Bastille]].



** By the time of the French Revolution, a lot of the Assassin traditions have bowed to practicality. The Assassin Council featuring Mirabeau, Dumas and Bellec wear the classic White Hoods for ceremonial reasons only in the style of Masonic initiation rites but otherwise wear practical 18th Century gear. Arno is the first Assassin who does not wear white robes as default[[note]]Adewale in the Freedom Cry DLC, Aveline in the side-game Liberation and Ezio in Revelations already featured different default colours[[/note]], but rather sports a dashing navy blue longcoat that were it lacking the hood would pass as totally normal 18th Century fashion. The only continuity is a white inner-vest and a red ClassyCravat.
** As written below some of the more unrealistic elements such as the post-kill deathbed conversation with your victims will be replaced by more practical but equally surreal gimmicks, such as the ability of Arno's Eagle Sense to show him the final thoughts and visions of his victims, including snatches of memories that further the plot and backstory. This is later given {{Reconstruction}} when [[spoiler:Arno's final victim, Germain, shrugs all the previous Memory Corridor sessions as private telepathies in the center of the mind]].
** The modern-day element has been redone so that there is no longer any AudienceSurrogate. Players interact via the Helix, a Cloud Memory Database which is apparently a mass-market product that is hacked by the Assassins to surreptitously observe Arno's memories with brief missions known as Time Anomalies being the only suggestion of a Present Day Framing Story. There is no real deadline as such and Bishop periodically informs you in AsYouKnow statements about your overall objective.

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** By the time of the French Revolution, a lot of the Assassin traditions have bowed to practicality. The Assassin Council featuring Mirabeau, Dumas and Bellec wear the classic White Hoods for ceremonial reasons only in the style of Masonic initiation rites but otherwise wear practical 18th Century gear. Arno is the first Assassin who does not wear white robes as default[[note]]Adewale default[[note]]Adéwalé in the Freedom Cry DLC, Aveline in the side-game Liberation and Ezio in Revelations already featured different default colours[[/note]], but rather sports a dashing navy blue longcoat that were it lacking the hood would pass as totally normal 18th Century fashion. The only continuity is a white inner-vest and a red ClassyCravat.
** As written below some of the more unrealistic elements such as the post-kill deathbed conversation with your victims will be have been replaced by more practical but equally surreal gimmicks, such as the ability of Arno's Eagle Sense to show him the final thoughts and visions of his victims, including snatches of memories that further the plot and backstory. This is later given a {{Reconstruction}} when [[spoiler:Arno's final victim, Germain, shrugs all the previous Memory Corridor sessions as private telepathies in the center of the mind]].
** The modern-day element has been redone so that there is no longer any AudienceSurrogate. Players interact via the Helix, a Cloud Memory Database which is apparently a mass-market product that is hacked by the Assassins to surreptitously observe Arno's memories with brief missions known as Time Anomalies being the only suggestion of a Present Day Framing Story.present-day FramingStory. There is no real deadline as such and Bishop periodically informs you in AsYouKnow statements about your overall objective.



* SequelDifficultySpike: ''Unity'' has a different control scheme so as to privilege stealth over combat. The counter button has been removed and it's no longer easy or feasible for players to go OneManArmy. To highlight the fact, every piece of equipment, and every mission, are ranked; it is more or less suicidal to attempt a mission without at least one piece of equipment of equal rank, with a few exceptions[[note]]Nostradamus Enigmas, which simply require the player to find the objective, and Helix Rifts, which involve collecting data scattered around a location; neither of these feature a great deal of violence, although you'll want to be careful in the Pantheon[[/note]].
* ShaggyDogStory: [[spoiler:The modern day element asks the Helix User to review Arno's memories to find the Sage and how his body was disposed. At the end, the Sage's body was left to rot beneath the earth and Arno later arranges for his skull (and likely the rest of his body) to be placed in the Catacombs, with all usable genetic material (according to ''Black Flag'', fluid samples) long since decayed. In other words, both Assassins and Templars are still on the look-out for genetic material to remap First-Civilization DNA, with Arno's story more or less just being a dead end.]]

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* SequelDifficultySpike: ''Unity'' has a different control scheme so as to privilege stealth over combat. The counter button has been removed and it's no longer easy or feasible (but still doable with fast enough reflexes) for players to go OneManArmy. To highlight the fact, every piece of equipment, and every mission, are ranked; it is more or less suicidal to attempt a mission without at least one piece of equipment of equal rank, with a few exceptions[[note]]Nostradamus Enigmas, which simply require the player to find the objective, and Helix Rifts, which involve collecting data scattered around a location; neither of these feature a great deal of violence, although you'll want to be careful in the Pantheon[[/note]].
* ShaggyDogStory: [[spoiler:The modern day element asks the Helix User to review Arno's memories to find the Sage and how his body was disposed. At the end, the Sage's body was left to rot beneath the earth and Arno later arranges for his skull (and likely the rest of his body) to be placed in the Catacombs, with all usable genetic material (according to ''Black Flag'', fluid samples) long since decayed. In other words, both Assassins and Templars are still on the look-out for genetic material to remap First-Civilization DNA, with Arno's story more or less just being a dead end.]]end]].



** The Time Anomalies missions generally give a true snapshot of the era. The Eiffel Tower with a vanity plate? During the 30s, the Tower was used as advertising space for brands like Citroen and it was quite common to see a giant logo from the Tower. When Vichy France took over, they put a giant V that we see there. [[spoiler:Likewise, the Statue of Liberty was a gift by the French to the Americans to comemorate the centennial of two revolutionary nations. It was made in Paris, France, and shipped to New York, America though as Bishop notes it was done far earlier than the Belle Epoque server portal you fall into. Lady Liberty also appears in her original bronze coating, which has since faded to the now equally iconic Emerald Green colour]].

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** The Time Anomalies missions generally give a true snapshot of the era. The Eiffel Tower with a vanity plate? During the 30s, the Tower was used as advertising space for brands like Citroen and it was quite common to see a giant logo from the Tower. When Vichy France took over, they put a giant V that we see there. [[spoiler:Likewise, the Statue of Liberty was a gift by the French to the Americans to comemorate the centennial of two revolutionary nations. It was made in Paris, France, and shipped to New York, America though as Bishop notes it was done far earlier than the Belle Epoque Époque server portal you fall into. Lady Liberty also appears in her original bronze coating, which has since faded to the now equally iconic Emerald Green colour]].



* StayInTheKitchen: What Theroigne de Mericourt rebels against throughout the Revolution, she is especially keen on forming an all-women batallion.[[labelnote:History]]It is a fact that none of the major revolutionaries, with one or two exceptions, advocated the vote for women and it was an overall macho event, with even the pro-woman Marquis de Condorcet denying women the right to vote in his Constitutional proposal. That said, women did get No-Fault Divorce and the right to inherit property, advances greater than America at the time, and the right to education. When Napoleon came to power, even these concessions were taken away[[/labelnote]]

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* StayInTheKitchen: What Theroigne de Mericourt rebels against throughout the Revolution, she is especially keen on forming an [[AmazonBrigade all-women batallion.battalion.]] [[labelnote:History]]It is a fact that none of the major revolutionaries, with one or two exceptions, advocated the vote for women and it was an overall macho event, with even the pro-woman Marquis de Condorcet denying women the right to vote in his Constitutional proposal. That said, women did get No-Fault Divorce and the right to inherit property, advances greater than America at the time, and the right to education. When Napoleon came to power, even these concessions were taken away[[/labelnote]]away.[[/labelnote]]



** The ending cutscene [[spoiler:also skips explaining how Arno rejoined the Brotherhood and attained the rank of Master Assassin, to show Arno and Napoleon burying Germain's skull in the catacombs in 1808.]]

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** The ending cutscene [[spoiler:also skips explaining how Arno rejoined the Brotherhood and attained the rank of Master Assassin, to show Arno and Napoleon burying Germain's skull in the catacombs in 1808.]]1808]].



* VillainousLegacy: The long dead Jacques de Molay, the new Templar Grandmaster wants to revive his vision during 18th Century France by shifting power from the aristocracy to the rising middle class.

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* VillainousLegacy: The long dead In homage to the long-dead Jacques de Molay, the new Templar Grandmaster Grand Master wants to revive his vision during 18th Century France by shifting power from the aristocracy to the rising middle class.
11th May '16 12:00:32 PM TheOneWhoTropes
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'''''Assassin's Creed: Unity''''' is the seventh major title in the ''Franchise/AssassinsCreed'' series. It was released on PlayStation4, XboxOne and PC on November 11, 2014, being released concurrently with ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedRogue''. Unity is the first non-numbered title to feature a new Assassin hero, Arno Victor Dorian. It will take place during the UsefulNotes/TheFrenchRevolution, and chart out the course of that epoch defining historical event, from the fall of the Ancien Régime to the ReignOfTerror.

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'''''Assassin's ''Assassin's Creed: Unity''''' Unity'' is the seventh major title in the ''Franchise/AssassinsCreed'' series. It was released on PlayStation4, XboxOne UsefulNotes/PlayStation4, UsefulNotes/XboxOne and PC on November 11, 2014, being released concurrently with ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedRogue''. Unity is the first non-numbered title to feature a new Assassin hero, Arno Victor Dorian. It will take place during the UsefulNotes/TheFrenchRevolution, and chart out the course of that epoch defining historical event, from the fall of the Ancien Régime to the ReignOfTerror.
11th May '16 2:54:45 AM Morgenthaler
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** The main idea of a secret society unleashing the Revolution as a StagedPopulistUprising is derived from the book ''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Memoirs_Illustrating_the_History_of_Jacobinism Memoirs Illustrating the History of Jacobinism]]'' by Abbé Augustin Barruel who blamed UsefulNotes/TheEnlightenment as a malign and foreign influence on France. In Barruel's belief, the people of France did not want democracy and were forced to be free against their will by evil secret societies. This book influenced several 19th Century accounts of the Revolution and was a TropeCodifier for TheIlluminati trope which was also derived from the same era, as did the "Jacques de Molay, you are avenged" meme and the idea of the King's death being revenge for ThePurge of TheKnightsTemplar.

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** The main idea of a secret society unleashing the Revolution as a StagedPopulistUprising is derived from the book ''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Memoirs_Illustrating_the_History_of_Jacobinism Memoirs Illustrating the History of Jacobinism]]'' by Abbé Augustin Barruel who blamed UsefulNotes/TheEnlightenment as a malign and foreign influence on France. In Barruel's belief, the people of France did not want democracy and were forced to be free against their will by evil secret societies. This book influenced several 19th Century accounts of the Revolution and was a TropeCodifier for TheIlluminati trope which was also derived from the same era, as did the "Jacques de Molay, you are avenged" meme and the idea of the King's death being revenge for ThePurge of TheKnightsTemplar.UsefulNotes/TheKnightsTemplar.
13th Apr '16 8:03:45 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* BiggerBad: The long dead Jacques de Molay, the new Templar Grandmaster wants to revive his vision during 18th Century France by shifting power from the aristocracy to the rising middle class.



* VillainousLegacy: The long dead Jacques de Molay, the new Templar Grandmaster wants to revive his vision during 18th Century France by shifting power from the aristocracy to the rising middle class.



* WhiteVoidRoom[=/=]MyLifeFlashedBeforeMyEyes:

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* WhiteVoidRoom[=/=]MyLifeFlashedBeforeMyEyes: WhiteVoidRoom:
22nd Mar '16 10:44:48 PM Odacon_Spy
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** One issue of this simplification is that it removes several vital aspects of famous historical figures, widely documented ones. Napoleon is shown speaking in an upper-class English accent when in real-life he spoke French with a thick Corsican accent, since it was far from being his first language [[note]]It sounded like an Italian speaking French and Tsar Alexander famously stated that ''he'' spoke better French than him[[/note]]. One reason why his rise to power was so shocking was that he was an outsider to French society, indeed subject to racist mockery for his accent as a student and only got the opportunity for advancement thanks to the Revolution. This is {{lampshaded}} in the Side Story "A Romantic Stroll" where Josephine comments on Napoleon's exotic accent which to our ears sounds no different than hers or anybody else's.

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** One issue of this simplification is that it removes several vital (and widely documented) aspects of famous historical figures, widely documented ones. Napoleon figures. Napoleon, for instance, is shown speaking in with an upper-class English accent when in real-life he spoke French with a thick Corsican accent, since it was far from being his first language [[note]]It sounded like an Italian speaking French and Tsar Alexander famously stated that ''he'' spoke better French than him[[/note]]. One reason why his rise to power was so shocking was that he was an outsider to French society, indeed subject to racist mockery for his accent as a student and only got the opportunity for advancement thanks to the Revolution. This is {{lampshaded}} in the Side Story "A Romantic Stroll" where Josephine comments on Napoleon's exotic accent which to our ears sounds no different than hers or anybody else's.



** The Revolutionary Templars on the other hand have crime bosses, disaffected honest bureaucrats, sans-cullotes and artisans. Their leader, following Jacques de Molay sees the Revolution and its excesses as a complicated BatmanGambit to usher in violent revolution to destroy the old order in place of a new one, [[spoiler:and events such as the September Massacres and the ReignOfTerror was to give people such an impression that DemocracyIsBad that people think twice about revolting in the future and overturn the Templar order in turn]].

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** The Revolutionary Templars on the other hand have crime bosses, disaffected honest bureaucrats, sans-cullotes and artisans. Their leader, following Jacques de Molay Molay, sees the Revolution and its excesses as a complicated BatmanGambit to usher in violent revolution to destroy the old order in place of a new one, [[spoiler:and events such as the September Massacres and the ReignOfTerror was to give people such an impression that DemocracyIsBad that people think twice about revolting in the future and overturn the Templar order in turn]].
16th Mar '16 8:55:03 PM Odacon_Spy
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* ChangedMyMindKid: Arno spends the entire game doing an errand for Marquis de Sade so that he can find safe passage out of France. He is thoroughly bitter and disappointed after the Revolution [[spoiler:and Élise's death. Butt through his friendship with Leon, he discovers his old idealism and ultimately returns de Sade's coin along with his manuscript with the Marquis giving a smile of happiness that his friend is back]].
* DarkerAndEdgier: The Unity DLC ''Dead Kings'' is described by WordOfGod as being the darkest story told in the franchise yet, and St. Denis has a much darker feel compared to Paris, being constantly covered under fog, with much of the action set in claustrophobic catacbombs filled with rats. Then there's the general spookiness of [[spoiler:the First Civilization Architecture. However, it is much more light-hearted than ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedIII'' or ''[[VideoGames/AssassinsCreedIVBlackFlag Freedom Cry]] and the story as a whole is about how Arno gets out of his funk after Élise's death]].

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* ChangedMyMindKid: Arno spends the entire game doing an errand for Marquis de Sade so that he can find safe passage out of France. He is thoroughly bitter and disappointed after the Revolution [[spoiler:and Élise's death. Butt But through his friendship with Leon, he discovers his old idealism and ultimately returns de Sade's coin along with his manuscript with the Marquis giving a smile of happiness that his friend is back]].
* DarkerAndEdgier: The Unity DLC ''Dead Kings'' is described by WordOfGod as being the darkest story told in the franchise yet, and St. Denis has a much darker feel compared to Paris, being constantly covered under fog, with much of the action set in claustrophobic catacbombs catacombs filled with rats. Then there's the general spookiness of [[spoiler:the First Civilization Architecture. However, it is much more light-hearted than ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedIII'' or ''[[VideoGames/AssassinsCreedIVBlackFlag Freedom Cry]] Cry]]'' and the story as a whole is about how Arno gets out of his funk after Élise's death]].
17th Jan '16 8:59:49 AM JulianLapostat
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* DecompositeCharacter: In the case of UsefulNotes/MaximilienRobespierre. In addition to the historical version of the character who appears briefly, fictional characters Aloys la Touche and Pierre Bellec also share aspects with his personality.
** La Touche who sports glasses has a greater visual resemblance than the game's version of Robespierre, his background as a simple, honest clerk driven to extremism by his opposition to corruption mirrors Robespierre's political trajectory. When Arno comes to assassinate La Touche, the latter quotes Robespierre's notorious speech describing terror as "nothing but justice: prompt, severe and inflexible".
** Pierre Bellec's call for political engagement with the events and his willingness to [[spoiler:murder and betray his own friends, also mirrors Robespierre sending his friends to the guillotine when the latter become political enemies. Arno's BrokenPedestal moment with Bellec mirrors the FallenHero status Robespierre was regarded with at the end of his life.]]
10th Dec '15 10:13:13 AM JulianLapostat
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Set in 1794, ''Dead Kings'' takes place in Saint-Denis, a suburb of Paris which hosted the Royal Necropolis of French Kings across history until the destruction of its ossuary during the Revolution. Arno is takes by Marquis de Sade to recover a manuscript from one of the Tombs while a faction of soldiers commanded by Napoleon, investigates the tombs for artifacts.

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Set in 1794, ''Dead Kings'' takes place in Saint-Denis, a suburb of Paris which hosted the Royal Necropolis of French Kings across history until the destruction of its ossuary during the Revolution. Arno is takes by Marquis de Sade to recover a manuscript from one of the Tombs while a faction of soldiers commanded by Napoleon, investigates the tombs for artifacts.\n
10th Dec '15 10:12:49 AM JulianLapostat
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In addition to this, a post-game DLC set in 1794 has been announced. ''Dead Kings'' takes place in Saint-Denis, a suburb of Paris which hosted the Royal Necropolis of French Kings across history until the destruction of its ossuary during the Revolution. While Dead Kings was originally going to be priced DLC as part of the Season Pass, due to a poor launch, Ubisoft has said it will make the DLC free for all players and gift a free game out of six titles to all who bought the Season Pass, which includes the previous title ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedIVBlackFlag''. It was released on January 13th, 2015.

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In addition to this, a post-game DLC set in 1794 has been announced. DLC, ''Dead Kings'' takes place in Saint-Denis, a suburb of Paris which hosted the Royal Necropolis of French Kings across history until the destruction of its ossuary during the Revolution.has been announced. While Dead Kings was originally going to be priced DLC as part of the Season Pass, due to a poor launch, Ubisoft has said it will make the DLC free for all players and gift a free game out of six titles to all who bought the Season Pass, which includes the previous title ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedIVBlackFlag''. It was released on January 13th, 2015.


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Set in 1794, ''Dead Kings'' takes place in Saint-Denis, a suburb of Paris which hosted the Royal Necropolis of French Kings across history until the destruction of its ossuary during the Revolution. Arno is takes by Marquis de Sade to recover a manuscript from one of the Tombs while a faction of soldiers commanded by Napoleon, investigates the tombs for artifacts.
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