Characters: Assassins Creed IV Black Flag The Templars
A list of Templars in Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag
. See the main ''Black Flag'' index for other character pages
, and for modern day and game-unspecific cast, here is the main series index
Be aware that this page WILL contain some unhidden spoilers!
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Laureano de Torres y Ayala
Governor Laureano de Torres y Ayala
Voiced By: Conrad Pla
"Let us find the Observatory together. For with its power, kings will fall, clergy will cower, and hearts and minds of the world will be ours."
The Spanish governor of Cuba, and a Templar Grand Master. He is hunting for The Sage
and the Observatory, a First Civilization ruin that would allow him to spy on anyone in the world.
- Affably Evil: In keeping with his sympathetic well-intentions, he's genuinely courteous to allies and enemies alike.
- Aristocrats Are Evil: Averted for the most part. Torres has impeccable charm, wonderful manners and is a true debonair aristocrat. Moreover, he believes in an enlightened plutocracy where the best and brightest can thrive regardless of circumstances and upbringing. The fact that he's actually the only Templar who realized that he had underestimated Kenway and treats him, a Working Class Hero, with respect and consideration whereas other Templars abused him for his poor roots, argues greatly in his favor.
- There's also no evidence that he was at all untruthful about his willingness to employ Edward in the long term; it was Edward's own greed — or at least his dissatisfaction with his first payoutnote — that undid that.
- Big Bad: He's the Grand Master of the Templars, natch.
- Big Bad Ensemble: Although Captain Roberts ends up being the real Arch-Enemy to Kenway.
- Big Bad Wannabe: Since there's never any danger of his achieving his goals.
- Big Brother Is Watching: Plans to find the Observatory and use it to find out the secrets of the most powerful people in the world.
- Blue Blood: He's a third-generation politician.
- Corrupt Politician: Uses his status as Governor to advance Templar interests.
- Crazy-Prepared: Swapped his blood sample with that of a double so the Observatory wouldn't be used against him.
- Equal-Opportunity Evil: Holds to the belief that those of exceptional talent should be allowed to advance regardless of race or gender.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Is actually firmly against the very common practice of slavery... though see the Hypocrite example for context.
- Evil Old Folks: Old, but that evil.
- He really shows his true colours when he and his men march to the Observatory and brutally massacre the Taíno people at Long Bay, leaving it with corpses. Then again, the Observatory Guardians aren't very nice, with their killing anyone that approaches and hanging their bodies around as warning.
- Face Death with Dignity: Once Kenway stabs him, Torres is pretty composed and calm, as opposed to the other Templars' scorn and raging at Edward.
- Graceful Loser: After Kenway mortally wounds him and convinces Torres that his new convictions are strong, Torres compliments him with his final words. Just from the sheer contrast to all the badmouthing he's taken from almost all his previous victims, it's a real Pet the Dog moment.
Torres: You wear your convictions well. They suit you.
- A fellow Templar calls him out on disliking slavery — and that Templar's participation in it — while the Templars' plan involves enslaving everyone in the world. His response is that there is a difference between enslaving the mind and the body:
Rogers: I fail to see the difference between enslaving some men and all men. Our aim is to steer the entire course of civilization, is it not?
Torres: A body enslaved inspires the mind to revolt. But enslave a man's mind, and his body will follow on naturally. Efficiently.
- Also his insistence that the the other Templars put blood in the vials but exchanging his with another, shows that regardless of anyone else, he personally would like to be in charge.
- Kick the Dog: He and his men brutally massacre the Taíno people living in Long Bay, Jamaica when they march to the Observatory.
- Of course, the Observatory Guardians aren't exactly nice, innocent and harmless natives. They seem to kill anyone approaching the place, regardless of their intent, unless they are Sages. The first you see of them when arriving at Long Bay is a lot of bodies hanged and littered around, and then trying to kill you.
- Man of Wealth and Taste: He's a pretty well cultured villain.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: On the final mission, Kenway discovers that Torres tried using the Observatory without a crystal skull, activating a security system that left him trapped and decimated his forces; while the Observatory is reset by the end of the mission, Torres' actions nearly left the location strategically worthless to the Templars.
- Non-Action Big Bad: Being a skinny, elderly guy, he's not exactly going to put up much of a fight.
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: Torres gets rings sailed around him by Kenway and Roberts throughout the game. In the final level however, he eradicates the Observatory Guardians and proceeds to come within inches of claiming it. Subverted, ironically, because Edward already had the tools for controlling it and Torres never had a chance of using it.
- Politically Incorrect Villain: Despite his stated opposition to slavery (and based on his conversation with Laurens Prins, it seems he is more opposed to it because it will provoke resentment and rebellion in the long run, rather than something inherently immoral) he explicitly states that he does not believe in the "natural equality of all races or sexes."
- Then again, he WAS speaking to Laurens Prins, who had the Sage under his employment. It wouldn't be smart to antagonize the guy who had what he wanted. It's entirely possible Torres sees slavery as immoral, but also has more worry for the damage it will cause in the long run, whereas Prins both doesn't care about the morality nor to what happens in the long run.
- Puzzle Boss: The fight in the Observatory is about getting to a high enough spot to air assassinate him. Bullets just bounce off his shield.
- Retired Badass: He used to serve in the Spanish military.
- Villainous Cheekbones: Has very prominent cheekbones.
- The Villain Knows Where You Live: The only villainous Jerk move he pulls to Edward personally is telling Edward that he knows who he is, where he comes from and that his wife is quite beautiful and is not doing too well. Edward is justifiably enraged, although as far as we know Caroline's death had nothing to do with the Templars.
- Ironically, he may have just been saying Edward needs to think of his family and should accept their help... it's just Torres is awful at communicating with Edward.
- Villain Respect: His last words are to compliment Kenway on finally having strong convictions.
- We Can Rule Together: In his final moments, he tells Edward that he should have been on their side and together the Templars would be unstoppable.
Torres: There is so much potential in you, Edward... so much you have not yet accomplished. I could show you things. Mysteries beyond anything you could imagine.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Like the Revolutionary War-era Templars, he's got basically good intentions and can also be quite gracious towards his enemies, a far cry from the Card-Carrying Villain Borgias and Smug Snake Abstergo Industries.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Invoked and Discussed in-game. Guard dialogue in the Laurens Prins assassination reveals the reason he is absent from the mission and several ones after is that he was attacked by Mary Read and several pirates and severely injured.
Governor Woodes Rogers
Voiced By: Shaun Dingwall
"Soon all the monarchies of the world will be obsolete. And when that day comes, men like Torres and myself will reveal ourselves as the architects of their undoing."
An English privateer and first Royal Governor of the Bahamas. Sincerely prefers diplomacy to violence, with his favored solution to the piracy problem being to offer them the King's Pardon in exchange for them laying down their arms (with the understanding that those who don't take the offer will be at the mercy of the King's Navy).
El Tiburón ("The Shark")
Voiced By: ???
Governor Torres' massive, armor-clad personal bodyguard.
- An Axe to Grind: His weapon of choice is a massive battleaxe that wouldn't look out of place in Ezio's era.
- Badass: By far the most badass Templar in the fourth game, maybe even more than Shahkulu. All of his scenes have him handing Edward and the Assassins their asses on a silver platter, and Edward only won using firearms.
- Bald of Evil: Revealed when his helmet comes off.
- The Brute: Pretty much only exists as a physical threat.
- Climax Boss: He's the only "boss" in the game who's tougher than just an Elite Mook, and is also the last proper boss you fight in the game.
- Contractual Boss Immunity: Averted. He can be assassinated with a one-hit-kill like any other character if you can manage to get behind him.
- Mysterious Past: Nothing is known about his past, or even what his real name is. Abstergo Entertainment wants to find out more about him by finding a descendant of Torres to look through his life and see how he met El Tiburon.
- Names to Run Away From Really Fast: Anyone nicknamed "Shark" is nobody to screw with.
- Noodle Incident: See What Could Have Been below. In the game proper, Edward referring to a prior history with El Tiburon will leave many gamers scratching their heads on account of Offscreen Inertia since we don't see them interacting at all, except for being Governor Torres' Elite Mook.
- Undying Loyalty: His database entry mentions that he has "unwavering loyalty" to Torres, and the Abstergo Entertainment researchers speculate that he may have had some kind of familial relation to him.
- The Voiceless: As El Tiburon is dying, Kenway asks to hear his side of things if he's able to reply. Given that he doesn't it's implied he can't, or he's too injured to.
- Worthy Opponent: Kenway seems to consider him this, and even thanks him in his own words for "turning a Scoundrel into a Soldier".
Julien du Casse
Julien du Casse
Voiced By: Alex Ivanovici
"Guns, blades, cannons, grenadoes. Anything that may kill a man, I am happy to provide."
A French arms dealer for the Templar Order operating out of the West Indies.
- Arms Dealer: Deals in muskets, cannons, and the sort.
- Battle Trophy: He has a collection of hidden blades that he took from Assassins he killed.
- Born in the Wrong Century: A downplayed example; he looks forward to the day where single guns would carry multiple shots, rather than carrying multiple single-shot pistols for repeated fire. It would be more than a century later before the revolver would be invented.
- Dying Curse: Delivers one to Edward after being done in by him, in Gratuitous French no less... "May the hell you find be of your own making."
- Even Evil Has Standards: Worked as a slaver for awhile after deserting the French navy, but disliked it (specifically, the cruelty and detachment) despite the money he was making and abandoned that to become a hired gun; it's not clear whether ever knew about the participation in the slave trade of Woodes Rogers, the Templar he's seen with upon Edward's arrival at Torres' residence.
- Evil Sounds Deep: Almost veering into gravelly territory.
- French Jerk: He's a French Templar who also refers to Edward as a filthy peasant.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: He's canonically killed by the same hidden blades he gave to Edward, who even thanks the dying Julien for them.
- Nice Hat: Wide-brimmed and everything.
- Professional Killer: In addition to running guns for the Templars, he is Governor Torres' top hit-man.
- Reality Ensues: His collection of Hidden Blades and shooting contest all set him up as an enormous badass... only for Edward to dive onto him from the rigging of his ship and run him through with the very same hidden blades that Julien had gifted him.
- Starter Villain: The first Templar to be assassinated by Kenway.
Josiah Burgess and John Cockram
Josiah Burgess and John Cockram
Voiced By: ???
John Cockram and Josiah Burgess were a pair of pirates, close friends, and confidants of Benjamin Hornigold
. They engaged in piracy for a few years prior to 1718, until they accepted the British Crown's pardon after Woodes Rogers' arrival on Nassau and became a pair of pirate hunters. Both were killed by Edward Kenway in 1719 on the island of Príncipé, on the coast of west Africa, in an attempt to rescue Bartholomew Roberts
- Dual Boss: They are a rare case of this in Assassin's Creed.
- Fragile Speedster and Mighty Glacier: Cockram fights like an Agile (Fast, but weak), Burgess fights like a Grenadier (Slow, but strong).
- True Companions: They have an uncharacteristic view of the Templars as this.
Edward: That Templar scab means nothing to me. None of you do.
Burgess: And you're worse for it, Kenway! It were the Templars who took us in when all else went to shit! Not our king. Not our country. The Templars.
Cockram: The Templars is our family. Where's yours?
- Those Two Guys: They are not differentiated very much in the game and finish each other's thoughts.
- Undying Loyalty: An exceptionally rare case of this for the Templars.
- We Used to Be Friends: The two invoke this with Edward.
- Worthy Opponent: The concept is mocked by both men. They think Edward is a loser.
Voiced By: ???
"What a pity, we could never fight together on the correct side of things."
A British aristocrat, his interest in explosives and affable nature earned him connections in military school that brought him to the attention of the Templars for recruitment. Flint was entrusted with one of the keys to the Templar armor and assigned to hunt down and kill Rhona Dinsmore, the head of the Assassins in Havana.
For tropes regarding his multiplayer persona The Navigator, refer to that character sheet
- Affably Evil: Pretty nice guy, even though he's a Templar.
- Alas, Poor Villain: Rhona is visibly upset at having to kill him, and as he dies he expresses regret at how their situation turned out and strokes her cheek.
Voiced By: Li Li
A Chinese Templar, Lang married a Qing Dynasty General and became a skilled diplomatic advisor until a regime change forced her to flee China and become a pirate. She is later assigned to guard one of the Templar armor keys, as well as destroy the Assassins in Nassau and retrieve a map that the Travers brothers have in their possession.
For tropes regarding her DLC multiplayer persona The Orchid, refer to that character sheet
- Ass in Ambassador: She can barely hide her blinding contempt for her target.
- Cunning Linguist: Her career as a diplomat was aided by having a flair for languages according to her database entry.
- Dragon Lady: Seduces Vance Tracers into betraying his brother Upton.
- Expy: For Qing Shi, the legendary Chinese pirate, who was born too late to appear in the game herself.
- Faux Action Girl: Her reaction to seeing Vance killed? To run like hell.
- Femme Fatale: Her role in seducing an Assassin over to the Templars, despite already being married.
- Oh, Crap: Seeing Edward kill Vance causes her to have panic and flee.
- Pirate Girl: A female Chinese pirate.
- Sadly Mythtaken: A variant combined with Dramatically Missing the Point. She interprets the Biblical story of Cain and Abel as a story of the former being man enough to murder his brother personally. Admittedly, she's trying to manipulate Vance into killing his brother Upton at the time.
- Screw This, I'm Out of Here!: Attempts this once she realizes Kenway has killed Vance.
- Shoot the Shaggy Dog: How she views her death. The treasure map she was going after turns out to have been a phony—and she knew it the entire time.
Voiced By: ???
A British military officer who joined the Templar Order to bring order and discipline to the world. He came into conflict with Antó, the leader of the Maroons and Assassins in Kingston.
- Kick the Dog: Sells the (black) Assassins he captures into slavery rather than killing them.
- Worthy Opponent: Seems to have viewed Anto as this. It's questionable if it was returned.
- Villain's Dying Grace: Played with. Expresses confusion as to how someone so utterly outclassed by his opponents stood up to him and his forces.
Kenneth: Antó. How many years have we fought? Your men, in the mountains, with no weapons to speak of. And my army, resplendent. And yet you live, and I die...
Antó: You lacked the conviction to win.
Voiced By: ???
"My father saw such potential in these islands. Gold... industry... freedom... all of it squandered. You have not a clue how to use it. He could have brought you wealth."
A Spanish orphan, Lucia supported her sisters by becoming a master thief. After a failed attempt to steal a horse from a high-ranking Templar, she was recruited and given advanced training to become one of their best agents. She holds one of the keys to the Templar armor, and is assigned to route out the Assassins in the Cayman Islands.
For tropes regarding her multiplayer persona Lady Black, refer to that character sheet
- Arch-Enemy: Of Opía and the Taino, who she wants to exterminate for their role in her father's death.
- Avenging the Villain: Although she had come to terms with her father's death and never knew him that well, she still attempted to avenge him while hunting the Taino Assassin Opía Apito.
- Cain and Abel: There is a pretty good chance that she and Opía are half-siblings.
- Dark Action Girl: An excellent physical combatant who happens to be a Templar.
- Disappeared Dad: Her father was Alejandro Ortega de Marquez, a Spanish adventurer who was away from Lucia and her sisters quite often and eventually died fighting the Taino.
- Disproportionate Retribution: Wants to murder all of the Taino solely for her father's, presumably justified, killing at their hands.
- Final Solution/Kill 'em All: Even among Jerk Ass Templars, she's a real piece of work and has no doubts about initiating genocide on a tribe for an essentially petty grudge.
- Nice Hat: The tricorne, a staple of the time period she lived in.