A list of all characters who appear in the three Assassin's Creed: Chronicles games.
Please note that character pages for transmedia appears here on the onset of the game's release.
A talented young Assassin from China. She appears in Assassin's Creed: Embers and is the star and Player Character of Assassin's Creed Chronicles: China. Shao Jun seeks guidance from Ezio in order to learn how best to lead and rebuild her order.
- Action Girl: Excels in both Wushu martial arts and swordplay.
- The Apprentice: She was this to her Assassin mentor before he was killed and now wants Ezio's guidance to help aid her people.
- Armed Legs: Rather than a traditional Hidden Blade, hers comes out from the front of her boot.
- Aura Vision: Is capable of using Eagle Vision.
- Best Served Cold: Has her old enemy the Jiajing Emperor killed via mercury poisoning in 1567.
- Black Cloak: Even during the day, she wears a black set of Assassin robes with a red inner layer. Despite this, she is a nice person; the black robes may be hernote eschewing white Assassin robes since in Chinese culture white was a mourning color.
- Born into Slavery: She was born into being one of the Emperor's concubines. Her Mentor saved her from her fate.
- Cool Sword: Her jian.
- Dark Is Not Evil: Wears a black set of Assassin robes, but she's a very nice person, and as mentioned above it's probably because white was a mourning color in her culture and time.
- Dodge the Bullet: In Assassin's Creed Chronicles: China, she is capable of dodging incoming projectiles, including hand cannon bullets and crossbow arrows.
- Flechette Storm: Keeps six throwing needles under bracers on her arms concealed under her sleeves. Keeping with the pointy-things theme, she also apparently designed the rope dart that Connor uses in Assassin's Creed III and Edward uses in Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, and even uses one as a secondary weapon for hanging kills and a Grappling-Hook Pistol in Assassin's Creed Chronicles: China.
- Fragile Speedster: In Chronicles: China, she has very limited health (about two hits worth, or one gunshot), but is capable of dodging bullets.
- Hero of Another Story: She is presented as this in Embers and gets references in III as a Long Dead Badass from Achilles until finally becoming the star of Assassin's Creed Chronicles: China.
- Heroes Prefer Swords: Wields a jian.
- In the Hood: Like most Assassins she wears a hood for blending.
- Lady of War: She was taught to be a lady in the Chinese imperial court, and uses an agile, graceful, and deadly style of fighting that's even referred to as a "dance of death".
- Last of Her Kind: She's the last of the original Chinese Assassins.
- Meaningful Name: Depending on the Hanzi used, "Jun" can mean, amongst other things, "pure" (fitting Shao's heroic qualities), "obey" (fitting her loyalty to the Order), "truth" (her honesty) or "falcon" (fitting the Order's bird motif).
- The Mentor: Eventually becomes the new Mentor of the Chinese Assassins by recruiting and training new members.
- My God, What Have I Done?: When she realizes she's (indirectly) responsible for her master's death with her blind thirst for vengeance.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Her motivation in Assassin's Creed Chronicles: China is avenging her fallen Assassin Order, leaving a sizeable track of corpses in her wake. In that regard she's quite similar to her mentor Ezio himself during his younger days.
- The Stoic: Shao's very cold-blooded in Chronicles, coldly assassinating her targets without showing emotion. The only time she does show emotion is when the Mentor Occupational Hazard comes into play.
- Tricked-Out Shoes: She has a Hidden Blade in her boots.
- Trojan Prisoner: Upon returning to China she makes a point of simply getting caught, so she can escape and subsequently assassinate Gao Feng.
- Young and in Charge: At the age of only nineteen, she wants to rebuild the Chinese Assassin sect. In The Stinger after the game, she has become The Mentor of the Assassins, apparently older but still looking fairly young.
Shao's old mentor, who rescued her from a life as a concubine and taught her the ways of the Assassins. Now, he and Shao are the last remnants of the Chinese Assassins, and must work their way to rebuild them.
- Badass Beard: A very long, stark white one.
- Badass Bookworm: Wang's a philosopher, a thinker, and an educator, and also a Master Assassin capable of slaughtering men with his bare hands.
- Historical-Domain Character: Historically he's a famous Neo-Confucian thinker.
- Mentor Occupational Hazard: Ends up dying by Zhang's hands.
- The Mentor: Jun's mentor and teacher.
- Old Soldier: A very old Assassin.
The Eight Tigers as a whole
A powerful cabal of Eunuchs allied with the Templar Order who secretly manipulate the Ming Imperial Court to further their own corrupt agenda. They were the ones behind the downfall and subsequent annihilation of the Chinese Assassins.
- Animal Motifs: Tigers, as the name says.
- Big Bad: Their head, Zhang Yong.
- Blood Brothers: The Eight are referred (and refer to themselves) as "brothers", despite not being biologically related.
- Eunuchs Are Evil: Corrupt eunuchs with machiavellian methods.
- Evil Old Folks: They're for the most part rather cold.
- Historical-Domain Character: All eight of them.
- The Man Behind the Man: They're the ones actually running the Dynasty, not the Emperor.
- The Purge: The ones responsible for the destruction of the Chinese Assassins.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: There are eight of them. Over the game we only meet five, while another is assassinated offscreen. The death of the seventh happened in Shao Jun's youth, according to the database, leaving one unaccounted for.
The very first of the Tigers Jun encounters in her path. Gao Feng runs a prison deployed against the enemies of the Tigers that was built on the grounds of a former Assassin hideout.
- Beard of Evil: A long, scraggly white one.
- Face Death with Dignity: In death he mocks Jun for her foolishness,
- In the Back: Feng has his back turned to you, so you have to shank his back by definition.
- Smug Snake: He is very belligerent and very confident he captured Shao Jun and has her in his grasp. Little does he know...
- Starter Villain: Feng doesn't last long, and his death is basically a warning to the remaining seven of the Tigers.
- Wardens Are Evil: As the chief of the Hellhole Prison the game starts in.
Another of the Eight, renowed for his utter brutality.
- The Butcher: His nickname, acquired for his violent tendencies.
- The Ghost: We never actually see him in the main game.
- Killed Offscreen: Youngcheng is killed while Jun is making her way through the prison by Shao's new mentor, Wang Yangming.
- Torture Technician: His job seems to be to brutalize the prisoners of Feng's prison, for information or otherwise.
The third member of the Eight, a rich merchant who specializes in the slave market, giving him the epiteph "the Slaver".
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: The Slaver does not exactly inspire kindness.
- Red Baron: Again, the Slaver.
- Slave Galley: Has several, and part of the levels are in them.
- Slavery Is a Special Kind of Evil: Jun seems to take an interest in him when she learns he is a slaver (particularly since she was set to be a concubine before being rescued).
Master Qiu Ju
The fourth of the Eight, a ruthless and cunning man who provides security for the Eight, known as "The Demon".
- The Brute: He's the violent, unstable member of the Tigers.
- Kick the Dog: The literal first thing he does is to order his men to burn down and annihilate an entire port just to spite Jun, and maybe find her in the process.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: The Demon is perhaps the most ominous thing a man can be called.
- No-Nonsense Nemesis: Qiu Ju does not take half-measures regarding Assassins. Knowing Assassins are nearly unkillable otherwise, Qiu Ju is practical: He blows up the entire port because Jun is located in it. While it doesn't work, he gets very close to.
- Red Baron: He is called "The Demon".
- Revenge by Proxy: His reasoning is that Assassins claim to protect the innocents, so since he can't get a hold of Jun, he'll harm the innocents, and so he burns down an entire port of innocents as punishment for her actions.
- Wake-Up Call Boss: He is the first of the Tigers to react to Jun and very nearly kills her. This makes her realize things won't be as easy as it looks.
The fifth of the Tigers and their second-in-command, known as "The Snake".
- Animal Motifs: The snake, as says his nickname.
- The Bait: As it turns out Zhang used him as bait to lure Wang Yangming so he could kill him.
- The Dragon: Described as Zhang Yong's right-hand-man.
- Face Death with Dignity: He's positively mocking in his tone as he dies.
- It's Personal: Wei Bin's the one who personally led the slaughter of Juns's order, so It's Personal for her.
- Manipulative Bastard: What with the whole playing Shao's vengeance against her and all.
- My Death Is Just the Beginning: Wei Bin cackles as he tells Shao his death was only a trap for Jun so Zhang Yong could enact his stratagem.
- Reptiles Are Abhorrent: The reason for his nickname, the Snake.
The master of the Tigers, and the man behind the throne.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: The leader of the Tigers and the best warrior of them all.
- Big Bad: The chief of the Tigers, the man behind the Order's purge, and the man manipulating the throne.
- The Bad Guy Wins: In a manner of speaking, Zhang partially won as he got the box out of China and into Templar hands, even though his organization dies.
- The Chessmaster: A machiavellian politician who's been ruling the Deadly Decadent Court of China for decades, as well as The strategem in which he tricked Shao into getting busy with Wei Bin while he executed her master and took the Box. Later, he also successfully lures Shao into a trap by using one of her old friends.
- Face Death with Dignity: Maintains a very cool head, conducting a normal conversation as he bleeds to death.
- The Man Behind the Man: The Emperor is just Zhang Yong's puppet.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Zhang tells Shao just how pathetic and weak Shao (and her Order) is for her trust in others, and saying that's what makes them fail.
- The Social Darwinist: Zhang has a strong hatred for the weak, as evidenced by his speech to Shao about how her friendship makes her weak.
- Soft-Spoken Sadist: For all his cruelty, he has a very cordial way of speaking to people.
- Visionary Villain: As most Templars, he has grand plans for the world.
- Utopia Justifies the Means: He uses the same justification as all Templars, that his actions will bring a day of peace. But it kind of rings hollow when (as Shao points out) he's engineering a war just so he won't lose.
Also appears in Assassin's Creed: Brahman and Assassin's Creed: Underworld
A Kashmiri Assassin of the Indian Brotherhood who is assigned to steal the Koh-i-Noor diamond before the Templars get a hold of it, and the star of Chronicles: India.
- Aura Vision: Is capable of using Eagle Vision.
- Badass and Child Duo: With Raza during Brahman.
- Badass Beard: Has a light one.
- Blade Below the Shoulder: Uses a hidden blade, which can open into a three pronged state resembling a katar.
- Cruel Mercy: Lets Burnes live when he asks to be killed by Arbazz because he'd rather have Burnes live with the humiliation of being defeated by an Assassin.
- Culture Clash: A bit with Hamid, who beats Raza for any mistake he makes and thinks it is fine due to being in a higher caste. After witnessing this, Arbaaz buys Raza from him, promising to free Raza after the mission to retrieve the Koh-i-Noor is successful.
- Deadpan Snarker: Mostly towards Raza since he can't talk back, and at one point Arbaaz snarks how much he enjoys his little talks with him.
- Heroes Prefer Swords: Wields what appears to be a talwar.
- In the Hood: Wears a hood like most Assassins.
- Lovable Rogue: Projects this image to Pyara Kaur.
- Meaningful Name: "Arbaaz" means eagle in Urdu.
- The Oathbreaker: Hamid forces him to swear that he will do everything he can to ensure Ranjit Singh is kept alive, even though Arbaaz hates him for his conquest of Kashmir, which killed several members of Arbaaz's family. However, when Abraaz meets Francis Cotton, he cheerfully tells the Templar to proceed with his plans to murder Singh. He is later forced into protecting Singh when Raza gives Pyara the Koh-I-Noor and she makes him protect her grandfather in exchange for it.
- Professional Killer: Like most Assassins.
- Promoted to Playable: He is the star of the second part of the Assassins Creed Chronicles series, India.
- Sleeves Are for Wimps: Arbazz's Assassin uniform lacks sleeves.
Also appears in Assassin's Creed: Brahman and Assassin's Creed: Underworld
The leader of the Amritsar branch of the Assassin Brotherhood.
- Badass in Distress: Arbaaz rescues him in Section 3 of Assassin's Creed Chronicles: India.
- Bad Boss: Beats Raza when he is his servant for any mistake he makes.
- Hypocrite: He holds Raza in slavery as his servant and beats him, in complete defiance of Assassin ideals.
- Took a Level in Kindness: He's shown in a nicer light in Chronicles India than in Brahman.
- Mr. Exposition: He narrates the history of the Koh-I-Noor diamond and the misfortune that befell its previous owners.
- Would Hurt a Child: Has no problem slapping and threatening further harm against Raza.
Sir Alexander Burnes
Nicknamed Bokhara Burnes, a Scottish explorer and member of the Templars defeated by Arbazz Mir in 1841.
- Badass Mustache: He sports a handlebar moustache.
- Blood Knight: He loves a good fight more than Templar discipline. Sleeman refers to him as a "rabid dog."
- Bold Explorer: He was legendary in his time for being one.
- Brave Scot: He's Scottish and quite gutsy.
- The Dragon: To Sleeman.
- Face Death with Dignity: After losing to Arbaaz, he asks for a quick death but Arbaaz feels that being defeated among his soldiers is enough punishment. Burnes then implies that he will die soon anyway.History
- Fiery Redhead: He's redheaded and explosive in temperament.
- Going Native: Despite being Scottish, he's dressed as a Pathan much like the real Burnes. The real Burnes, being an explorer, was famous for his ability to blend in with local communities and he could speak Punjabi, Pashtun, and other dialects with ease.
- Historical-Domain Character: His historical counterpart is most famous for being the first European to make contact with Bukhara.
- Let's Fight Like Gentlemen: He fights Arbaaz in a one on one duel.
- Violent Glaswegian: He's a violent Scotsman with a love for battle.
Sir William Henry Sleeman
A British soldier and administrator of British India. He's also a Grandmaster of the Templars.
- Bald of Evil: Has a nice pate, and well, he's a Templar.
- Big Bad: Of Chronicles India.
- Karma Houdini: The most he gets for all the trouble he gives Arbaaz is a knife in the gut by Pyaura Kaur. He escapes with the Box, but not the Koh-i-noor.
- Historical-Domain Character: Sleeman is well known for his suppression of the Thugees.
- I Have Your Wife: He holds Pyara hostage at the end of Chronicles India, knowing Arbaaz will come for her.
Also appears in Assassin's Creed: Brahman and Assassin's Creed: Underworld
Granddaughter of Ranjit Singh and ancestor of Indian actress Monima Das. She become infatuated with Arbaaz Mir after meeting him. They would later marry and have a son named Jayadeep Mir (the future Henry Green of Assassin's Creed: Syndicate).
- Bare Your Midriff: Most of the outfits she wears during the comic expose her midriff.
- Death Glare: Gives an epic one to Arbaaz in Brahman when he tries and fails to lie his way out of helping her grandfather.
- Demonic Possession: Briefly at the end of Brahman, where the Koh-I-Noor diamond harnesses her and Durga possesses her body to speak through her.
- Good Parents: To Henry Green. She was the only one who tried to help him after his estrangement with his father.
- Love at First Sight: For both Pyara and Arbaaz, though Arbaaz initially saw her as a Girl of the Week.
- Meaningful Name: Her name Pyara can mean "beloved" or "lovely", deriving from the word "Pyar" which means love.
- Rebellious Princess: Despite being Sikh royalty, she engages in a taboo-breaking sexual relationship with a Kashmiri Muslim.
Nikolai Andreievich Orelov
A Russian Assassin born into the Order at the end of the 19th century, he does not feel he can live up to the legacy of his father, and is unsure he wishes to continue to be an Assassin. He is tasked with assassinating the Tsar's of Russia, but fails, whilst succeeding in arranging the destruction of the Staff of Eden. He later moves to America with his family, abandoning the Assassin Order. He is an ancestor of Daniel Cross.
- 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.
- Dub Name Change: In the Russian version of both the game and the comics his name is rendered as "Orlov" (Орлов), which means the same thing in Russian.
- Badass Mustache: Has a fairly impressive one.
- Badass in Distress: In Mission 6 of Russia after getting betrayed by Leon Trotsky. Anastasia is forced to rescue him.
- Blade Below the Shoulder: Wields a Hidden Blade.
- Cold Sniper: Chronicles: Russia shows he's an excellent marksman.
- 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 (Lenin's brother), before Alek was captured and executed.
- Foil: To fellow Assassin turncoat Shay Cormac. Like Shay, one of the reasons Nikolai leaves the Assassins was because of them being no different than the Templars in their methods, especially during the Russian Revolution. However, Nikolai does not become a Templar, but instead wants to be left alone with his family, while Shay does become a Templar to his dying day.
- Follow in My Footsteps: His father trained him to be an Assassin from the day he was born, and Nikolai reluctantly went along with his fathers wishes despite his desire for a normal life.
- Grappling Gun: In Chronicles: Russia Nikolai gets a wrist-mounted Winch that appears to be a more advanced version of the Assassin Gauntlet seen in Syndicate, which can also be used to short out electrical generators.
- In the Hood: Wears a hood in his Assassin's outfit.
- It's All My Fault: Nikolai still has nightmares of Aleksander blaming him for not saving him in time.
- Jack Bauer Interrogation Technique: He beats captured Templars until they have given him all the information he desires. His fellow Assassins are actually disturbed by this at one point:First Assassin: "Are Brother Orelov's methods always so... savage?"Second Assassin: "He was a gentler man when I met him, years ago. Before they lost the child."
- Lantern Jaw of Justice: Has a prominent chin.
- Le Parkour: Is an expert freerunner.
- Made of Iron: Nikolai lived through the Tunguska explosion at point blank. No one else around survived.
- Man in White: Wears a white outfit like most Assassins.
- The Musketeer: Is armed with a sabre, dagger, and Berdan rifle, and is very skilled with each.
- Not What I Signed on For: Nikolai says this at the end of Memory Sequence 8 after finding out what his brothers in arms are planning to do to Anastasia.
- Old Master: In the latter portions of the comic.
- Older and Wiser: He calms down after the Tunguska event.
- Papa Wolf:
- He kills a Sergei, a fellow Assassin, who threatened his son if Nikolai did not come back to the Assassins to answer some questions.
- In Chronicles: Russia the only reason he doesn't kill the soldiers who murdered the Romanov children minus Anastasia is because doing so would take too much time from the mission.
- Professional Killer: Like most Assassins.
- Promoted to Playable: He is the star of the third part of the Assassins Creed Chronicles series, Russia.
- Resignations Not Accepted: The Russian Assassins were not pleased when he left them, and eventually sent several Assassins to hunt him down and bring him back to answer some questions. Though since he witnessed a message from the First Civilization and does not tell this to anyone, and steals a Piece of Eden for personal use, he's not entirely blameless for stroking the paranoia of his brothers. Chronicles: Russia also shows that he helped Anastasia escape from the Kremlin.
- Retired Badass: He leaves the Assassins to settle in America after recovering the last remaining splinter of the Russian Imperial Sceptre, which was a Staff of Eden. He is not pleased when the Assassins try to bring him back in to answer some questions.
- For those familiar with the history of the Red Scare, a bit of extra context: The Palmer Raids were in full swing in the United States, deporting immigrants with suspected communist ties. Simultaneously, Felix Dzerzhinsky, leader of the Cheka, had begun Operation Trust, designed to lure White emigres back to Russia, where they would be executed for treason. (Boris Savinkov, Yakov Blumkin, and Sydney Reilly were infamous victims of this). Nikolai's wife and daughter were deported in the Palmer Raids, and Nikolai is led to believe they were shot while attempting to cross the Russian-Finnish border. And he is Properly Paranoid of Sergei because it was a common tactic of the Cheka to use a trusted contact to lure you into a trap. However, if Nikolai had listened to the Assassins sent after him, he would have learned that his wife and daughter were still alive.
- Took a Level in Kindness: Orelov in the comics was cold, abrasive and brutal. In Russia, he's far nicer.
A Russian Assassin sent to track down Nikolai in America in order to bring him to the Mentor for questioning. He also appears in Assassin's Creed: Subject Four and Chronicles: Russia.
- Badass Beard: Has a very long, thick white beard.
- Badass Longcoat: Wears what appears to be a duster.
- Character Death: Nikolai strangles him to death for threatening Innokenti.
- Nice Hat: Wears a rather large white cowboy hat.
- Professional Killer: As a trained Assassin.
- Unscrupulous Hero: Out of all the Assassins seen in the series, Sergei is by far the most anti-heroic and brutal in trying to achieve his mission. He is even technically breaking the Creed by threatening Innokenti, who is an innocent.
- Would Hurt a Child: He threatens to harm Nikolai's son Innokenti if he refuses to return with him, which causes Nikolai to kill Sergei. He also intends to kill Anastasia so as to extract Shao Jun's memories.
A fellow member of the Russian Assassins and friend of Nikolai Orelov.
- Badass Beard: Has a soul patch.
A Templar who has been inserted into the Bolsheviks to subvert the Revolution from within. Under orders to retrieve the Precursor Box, Yurovsky is sent to Yekaterinburg, where the deposed Tsar and his family are being held. He is eventually ordered to execute them.
- Alliterative Name: Yakov Yurovsky.
- Almighty Janitor: Although Chronicles: Russia doesn't really touch upon this, he would technically be one given the time period: the Red Army during the Russian Civil War had a "No officers, only commanders" mission statement in an attempt to appeal to grunts who were disillusioned with the elitism of Royalist officers. He's also not the leader of his Templar Rite.
- Badass Longcoat: He is a Red Army officer, after all.
- Big Bad Wannabe: He's the most prominent Templar seen, and gives Nikolai plenty of reason to hate him, but his relevance to the plot fades when the Assassins betray Nikolai.
- Commissar Cap: Wears one, befitting his rank.
- Dirty Commies: A middle management Old Bolshevik who is active in the Red Terror.
- Historical-Domain Character: In the Anglosphere he's mainly known the Romanovs' executioner and little else. Soviet historians are a little bit more familiar with his later life.
- Historical Villain Upgrade: While he did oversee one of the 20th Century's worst regicides, Yurovsky's Real Life counterpart did NOT torture the Romanovs prior to their execution, and actually went to great lengths to ensure that the women in particular did not receive any ill treatment from his troops. He later went on to have a relatively heroic post Red Terror career as a treasury agent battling corruption and theft.
- Karma Houdini: Manages to escape the Assassins and get a comfortable position in Stalin's regime until dying of natural causes in 1938.
- Perma-Stubble: Depicted with this.
- Real Life Writes the Plot: The real reason why Nikolai doesn't get the opportunity to kill him.
- State Sec: An agent of the Cheka, an early prototype for KGB.
- Would Hurt a Child: Kills the Tsar's 12-year-old son, Alexei, along with the rest of the royal family.
The youngest daughter of Tsar Nicholas II, and sole survivor of the main Romanov line after Nikolai saves her life.
- Brain Uploading: Nikolai's Shard and the Box transfer all the skills and memories of Shao Jun into her.
- Historical In-Joke: Takes on the pseudonym Anna Anderson after the end of the game, Anna Anderson being the most infamous Anastasia impostor.
- Historical-Domain Character: Unlike her game counterpart, the real Anastasia died with the rest of her family.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: She goes on this during Section 3 of Russia for the deaths of her family.
The leader and founder of the Red Army, Trotsky is the father of the Communist theory of Trotskyism, and a friend of Nikolai Orelov.
- The Dragon: Is Vladimir Lenin's Number Two here, as he was in Real Life.
- Dirty Commies: Chronicles: Russia does not paint a flattering portrait of the man.
- Historical-Domain Character: Is most well known for being the father of Trotskyist Communism, and his extremely odd death at the hands of one of Stalin's assassins in Mexico in 1940.
- Historical Villain Upgrade: Trotsky gets this via directly justifying Anastasia's death, in truth Trotsky was far away when the incident happened and while he, like every other communist leader, justified the execution later (confirming that Lenin ordered it in an autobiography), he was known to have been surprised and dismayed when he found out about it, since the Bolsheviks had intended to put the Romanovs on trial before the Civil War changed things.
- Mouth of Sauron: The highest ranking Old Bolshevik to appear onscreen (despite Nikolai's friendship and history with Lenin).
- Scary Shiny Glasses: Has these when he betrays Nikolai to the Templars after he refuses to give up Anastasia.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Wants to help workers the world over, but is willing to murder an innocent based on who her family is to do so.
- Would Hurt a Child: To him the worker's revolution is paramount, and Anastasia is too important as a tsarist symbol to be left alive.