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Comic Book: Assassin's Creed: Subject Four
aka: Assassins Creed The Fall

"My father wanted this life, Anna, not I. He came to this country with a dream and made the Narodnaya Volya his cause. I do not know if I have the strength to serve the Order of Assassins as he did."
Nikolai Orelov

Assassin's Creed: Subject Four is an Expanded Universe comic book containing miniseries set in the Assassin's Creed series and published by DC Comics.

The Fall stars Daniel Cross, a recovering drug addict who has been experiencing the Genetic Memory of his ancestor in the form of hallucinations. His ancestor just happens to be Nikolai Orelov, a master Assassin and key player in the Russian Revolution in the early 20th century.

The Chain continues the story of Cross and Orelov after the events of the first series, following a timeskip for each.

This comic contains examples of:

  • Action Girl: Invoked by Daniel regarding Hannah, but she never really fills this role.
  • The Alcoholic: Daniel as the comic opens.
  • Ancient Conspiracy: It's Assassin's Creed, so duh.
  • Animal Theme Naming: Orelov is Czech for "Eagle's son," which goes nicely with the series knack for giving eagle-related names to their historical Assassins.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: In Imperial Russia, Tsar assassinates you.
  • Awesome Moment of Crowning: Subverted. For a moment, Daniel believes that the Mentor is offering him the position of Grandmaster. The Mentor tells him that he has a long way to go before he's even eligible.
  • Badass Grandpa: Nikolai's pretty old in Issue 3.
  • Badass Mustache: Nikolai sports one.
  • Beard of Evil: Tsar Alexander III has a particularly glorious one. It even comes with a curly handlebar mustache.
  • Beard of Sorrow: Daniel and Nikolai. More than once.
  • Been There, Shaped History: In The Chain, Daniel manages to be a Gump in his own canon. Have you ever wondered who acquired the information about Ezio Auditore's first-civilization message for Desmond Miles, which led to Desmond's kidnapping, therefore kicking off the entire series? Yup, that was Daniel!
  • Big Good: The Mentor is the Grandmaster of the Assassin Order.
  • Bilingual Bonus: Daniel occasionally speaks in untranslated Russian.
  • Bishōnen: Daniel after he's been in the Order for a while.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: Alexander III trash talks Nikolai after nearly beating him to death.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Daniel whenever Vidic's reprogramming kicks in.
  • Canon Immigrant: Preemptive. Daniel is supposed to play an important role in the games. Revelations has made this official, with him being held as a Templar Hero, a member of their inner circle, so far appearing twice out of sight with his voice heard, and now working as the Templar's head of operations, further pushing him to be Desmond's Evil Counterpart and future enemy since he's coming after Desmond's Dad.
  • Children Are Innocent: The only reason Tsar Alexander III doesn't kill Nikolai is because the royal family happens to be watching.
  • Continuity Porn: There are numerous references to the games.
  • Cool Train: The Imperial Train.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Alexander III had very little trouble laying a brutal smackdown on Nikolai.
  • Cynicism Catalyst: Nikolai lost a child at some point prior to the comic. He was apparently less violent before then.
  • Dead Partner: Nikolai used to work with Aleksandr Ulyanov, before Alek was executed.
  • Distressed Dude: Subverted. Daniel was never in any real danger. The Mentor just didn't want him to be conscious to know exactly where his office is.
  • Evil Counterpart: Daniel proves to be one for Desmond Miles from the main games.
  • Gambit Roulette: Hoo boy, here we go.
    • Vidic reprogrammed Daniel to relive Nikolai's memories almost at random. While Daniel could keep them suppressed with medication, he eventually decided the meds weren't worth it. Nikolai's memories come back and Daniel begins shouting things about Templars in the middle of an alley. This attracts the attention of Hannah, who assumes that Daniel is an Assassin. Daniel eventually joins the order and even gets to meet the Grandmaster. Once again, due to Vidic's reprogramming, Daniel blacks out and kills the Grandmaster with his own hidden blade. Under Vidic's reprogramming, Daniel returns to Abstergo and reveals the locations of every Assassin training camp he had been to.
  • Genetic Memory: While it IS one of the staples of the series, this time it's done a bit differently. Daniel doesn't use the Animus to access Nikolai's memories. Unfortunately, he doesn't have a lot of control over when it happens either.
  • Grave Robbing: Nikolai (to his own displeasure) digs up Rasputin's grave to take a shard of the Staff of Eden.
  • Highly-Visible Ninja: Though he is advised to be stealthy, Nikolai prefers to charge in with his guns blazing.
    • Justified during the Tunguska raid when the Assassins storm the secluded facility in the middle of Siberia.
  • Historical Hero Upgrade: In real life, the Narodnaya Volya were a Russian left-wing terrorist organization. Vladimir Lenin was also given a similar treatment especially if you remember that communist revolution led to the one of the most horrific (if not the most horrific) dictatorships in modern historynote .
    • Alternatively, it could be Gray and Gray Morality in effect as the Assassins automatically side with "The People" irregardless of whether that's going to turn out well.
  • Historical In-Joke: Nikolai manages to stab Tsar Alexander III in the kidney during their fight. He actually died of a kidney infection six years later, probably as a result of injuries sustained in the Borki Train disaster.
  • Husky Russkie
  • I Hate Past Me: Sort of. Nikolai's memories cause his descendant a lot of trouble. Daniel just wishes they'd go away.
  • I Just Knew: Despite not knowing about his Assassin heritage, Daniel got a tattoo of the Assassin emblem because "It felt right."
  • In the Hood: Russian and Arabic assassins are shown wearing the series signature white beaked hoods. Averted with Daniel, Paul, and the Mentor who never wear hoods. Mildly averted with Hannah, who always wears a hoodie but keeps the hood down... even in the rain.
  • Inadequate Inheritor: Nicholas II is far less badass than his father.
  • It's All My Fault: Nikolai still has nightmares of Aleksander Ulyanov blaming him for not saving him in time.
  • Jack Bauer Interrogation Technique: Nikolai tortures a Templar agent to get the Staff's location. The information is correct, if inaccurate.
  • Lantern Jaw of Justice: Nikolai.
  • Le Parkour: Daniel, Nikolai, Paul and Hannah.
  • Lotus-Eater Machine:The animus after Daniel kills the Mentor, though he seems to have recovered in time for The Chain and Assassin's Creed III.
  • MacGuffin: The Staff of Eden. It also happens to be the Tsar's royal staff.
  • Made of Iron: Nikolai lived through the Tunguska explosion at point blank. No one else around survived.
  • Manchurian Agent:Daniel was brainwashed to kill the Grandmaster of the Assassin Order.
  • Meaningful Name: Daniel Cross isn't his real name. It was chosen for him by Warren Vidic. Cross is supposed to represent his status as a Templar Manchurian Agent. The Templar symbolism is obvious but there's also the allusion to a double cross.
  • Meaningful Background Event: The 2000 Presidential Election is constantly in the background. The Assassins are trying to keep the Templars from rigging the election. They fail.
  • Mother Russia Makes You Strong: Tsar Alexander III.
  • Morality Pet: Anna tries to be this for Nikolai.
  • Murder, Inc.: The Narodnaya Volya, (aka the Russian chapter of the Assassin Order)
  • Nikola Tesla: Mostly off-panel, but he was responsible for the Tunguska event.
  • Ninja School: The Assassin training camps.
  • No Escape but Down: Daniel after he realizes that he killed the Mentor and hears the bodyguards knocking on the door.
  • Old Master: Nikolai.
  • Older and Wiser: Nikolai seems to have calmed down after the Tunguska event.
    • Now that he's an Assassin, Daniel has become this. Also really pretty.
  • Papa Wolf: Alexander III
  • Posthumous Character: Nikolai lost a child before the comic started.
  • Rasputinian Death: Invoked regarding... Rasputin's death.
    "Not so immortal after all, henh?"
  • Redemption in the Rain: Daniel decides to join the Order after having a massive hallucination during a rainstorm. Also doubles as a Shower of Angst.
  • Right Behind Me: Alexander III when Nikolai breaks in the door to the Tsar's car, but only sees the Tsar's... family.
    • Nikolai later pulls this off on Tsar Nicholas II, who recognizes Nikolai from the train incident.
  • Shirtless Scene: Daniel after he gets out of the shower.
  • Shrouded in Myth: Most Assassins don't believe in the Mentor's existence, because he never keeps to a single place and rarely makes his position known.
  • Simple Staff: What Nikolai accuses the Tsar's new non-Eden staff of being before he breaks it.
  • Spotting the Thread: Nikolai can immediately tell that Tsar Nicholas II's royal staff is only a copy of the real Staff of Eden.
  • Super Window Jump: Daniel performs a spectacular Leap of Faith from the Burj al Arab in Dubai after he kills the Mentor.
  • The Tunguska Event: This one goes by the "Tesla's Death Ray" school of thought. Nikolai was there when it happened.
  • Token Minority: Paul is the only non-white person in the Assassin camp. Daniel is quick to point this out, much to Paul's non-amusement.
  • Too Dumb to Live: For a secret society influencing human history from the dawn of humankind, Assassins show horrendous flaws in their tradecraft. They recruit Daniel almost forcing him into service even though circumstances of his appearance are very suspicious. Despite this, Daniel is selected to meet the Mentor after merely two years. It doesn't end well....
  • Took a Level in Badass: Daniel after he joins the Order.
  • Traintop Battle: Averted. While the battle between Nikolai and Alexander III does leave the train car, it's only because the train crashes and they continue to fight amongst the wreckage.
  • Translation Convention: Played straight and averted. While Nikolai's memories are read in English, Daniel occasionally speaks in Russian which is never translated.
  • Tsarist Russia
  • Unwitting Pawn: Daniel.
    • Russian chapter of Assassins. They are cooperating closely with "Narodnaya Volya" (or form this institution themselves). They were also determined to assassinate Alexander II (five attempts, last of them successful). The problem is that Alexander II was almost a revolutionary himself. He abolished serfdom and allowed peasants to buy property, tried to mitigate the tensions in conquered territories (such as former Poland) and was fascinated by American democracy and Abraham Lincoln in particular. He thought of gradual (to avoid grand upheaval) introduction of democratic government. His assassination ruined this vision. Alexander III returned to absolutism, and his son (lacking the skill of his ancestors) was toppled by communists who quickly introduced one of the most inhumane totalitarian regime in the human history. And that's pretty much Templar agenda.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: The Mentor's henchmen are inexplicably never shown with a shirt. Even when they're kidnapping Daniel.

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