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    Ezio Auditore 

Ezio Auditore da Firenze
"There is no book or teacher to give you the answers, to show you the way. Choose your own way! Do not follow me, or anyone else."
"The liberation of Roma has begun!"
"To say that nothing is true, is to realize that the foundations of society are fragile, and that we must be the shepherds of our own civilization. To say that everything is permitted, is to understand that we are the architects of our actions, and that we must live with their consequences, whether glorious or tragic."

Appears in: Assassin's Creed: Lineage | Assassin's Creed II | Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood | Assassin's Creed: Revelations | Assassin's Creed: Embers | Soul Calibur V

Voiced by: Roger Craig Smith (games and Embers), Tomokazu Seki (Japanese)
Played by: Devon Bostick (Lineage)

The ancestral character of Assassin's Creed II, Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood and Assassin's Creed: Revelations.

After his blissful and carefree life as the young son of Florentine banker Giovanni Auditore is destroyed when the latter is framed and executed as well as his two brothers, Ezio learns that his father was an Assassin, puts his father's gear on and sets out on an epic decades-long quest for vengeance, hunting down — as well as adding to — Templar names from a list his father wrote.

The plot of the trilogy of games show Ezio's progression and growth, as he goes from an enraged teenager seeking revenge and cursing those he kills, to a mature and patient hunter of his foes, to a wise master who eventually rises to inspire the whole Assassin order through wisdom, personal skill and leadership.

He is an ancestor of William and Desmond Miles, as well as Clay Kaczmarek (Subject 16).

  • The Ace: Actually invoked. Desmond is reliving Ezio's memories so, via the Bleeding Effect, he can learn proper Assassin skills, and Ezio is such a pinnacle of what the Order can do that he's the natural choice for that.
  • Adorkable: Once upon a time, Ezio really was just a kid. We get to see him make his first approach to a pretty girl (Cristina Vespucci) in a flashback in Brotherhood (presumably the day before he has his big fistfight with Vieri during his introduction in AC II). He walks up, flashes a goofy grin, and completely freezes.
  • Almighty Janitor: Ezio is not officially inducted into the Brotherhood until near the end of II, making him an initiate at best who has nevertheless taken out several high ranking Templars and thoroughly derailed their overall plans.
  • Animal Motifs: The eagle, as is standard for our Assassin protagonists.
  • Anti-Hero: While he's a good person overall, saves innocents, and fights Templar oppression, he's also a man driven primarily by revenge for most of his life.
  • Aura Vision: His "talent", Eagle Vision (upgraded to Eagle Sense in Revelations), allows him to identify targets and important items in the area, as well as, in the case of Eagle Sense, track the movements of people long gone by their traces and mark off areas to look for things from his View Points. In effect, this makes him a Scarily Competent Tracker.
  • Armor of Invincibility: All three of the games starring Ezio features a set of special armour that gives him the highest HP rating in the game and is also completely unbreakable, with no need to pay repairs. In Assassin's Creed II and Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood, getting the Armours of Altaïr and Brutus took most of the game, but in Assassin's Creed: Revelations, it's possible to gain one of TWO such suits by the second memory sequence, making it a veritable Disc-One Nuke.
  • Badass Baritone: Not at first but his voice gets deeper with age, just like his skills become sharper.
  • Badass Beard: By his mid-thirties, after being nearly fatally wounded by one of the Orsi brothers and spending some time unconscious.
  • Badass Cape: Which also serves to conceal his left-forearm Hidden Blade bracer, the Short Blade, and the hilt of his sword, axe, or bludgeon, as whenever he walks in Low Profile he pulls it over his left shoulder. Sadly, it gets shot off by an arrow in the opening cutscene in Assassin's Creed: Revelations.
  • Been There, Shaped History: Takes part in various famous Renaissance events, such as the Bonfire of the Vanities and the hunt for the Pazzi conspirators.
  • BFS: He can wield some gigantic 2-handers that are like 3/4th the size of his.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Does not take kindly to people bad-mouthing or hurting his little sister and beats the guy up on her behalf (and at her request!). On the other hand, his protectiveness can also pretty smothering, as when demonstrated in Brotherhood when he gets angry at her for coming to Rome in order to help him.
  • Big Good: Ezio is the reason why Monteriggioni (briefly) returned to its former glory between Assassin's Creed II and Brotherhood. Also, more prominently after becoming head of the Assassin Order in Brotherhood, because of his leadership, tutelage and actions, he very much singlehandedly resulted in the Order continuing to prosper for centuries, right up until the present day. Gamewise, he also takes up this role in Revelations.
    • This can especially be seen as his story continues and his reputation amongst the Templar grows. By the time he retires, Ezio is essentially the Templars' boogeyman.
      Caterina Sforza: You are the leader of the Assassins now. Unite them Ezio Auditore and take back Roma!
  • Bishōnen: In Lineage, as portrayed by the actor who played Roderick in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid films.
  • Breakout Character: His very positive reception in Assassin's Creed II led to him continuing as the player character in the two subsequent games, with stories designed to follow the rest of his life after the events of Assassin's Creed II, making him the only historical Assassin to be the focus character for multiple games in the series. To this day Ezio is generally considered one of, if not the, most popular protagonist(s) in the series.
  • Call to Agriculture: As seen in Embers, Ezio retired to a vineyard near his birth city of Florence after Revelations.
  • Catchphrase:
    • Requiescat in Pace, which he says to (almost) all of his targets during their final moments. He teaches this to his followers in Brotherhood and Revelations. Interestingly, Aya/Amunet used it long before he did.
    • The liberation of Roma has begun. He speaks this to any citizens he assists before he invites them to join his Assassin's Guild.
  • Character Death: He dies of a heart attack at the age of 65 in the middle of his beloved birth city of Florence, after helping Shao Jun in one last battle strained him too much.
  • Character Focus: He's the primary ancestor in three games and an extremely important figure in the overall conflict of the series. Not only do his adventures affect the Assassin order in the Renaissance era, but they are also a large part of Desmond Miles' journey in the present time. The sum of all the media in the Assassin's Creed franchise with Ezio in it chronicles his entire life from birth to death.
  • Charles Atlas Superpower: More than any other Assassin in the series, he is incredibly strong and resilient. In his fifties he's strong enough to dead-lift a heavily armored soldier with one hand, and can survive a straight hundred-foot drop uninjured (landing hard enough to buckle the wooden platform he lands on). Presumably, this is to hint at his First Civilization genetic heritage, making him borderline super-human anyway.
  • The Charmer: Develops into a textbook example. All the lady-killing magnetismo of The Casanova, with none of the callousness.
  • Combat Pragmatist: A tradition for Desmond's bloodline, even more so in Brotherhood.
  • Contrasting Sequel Main Character: Particularly when one views their whole lives. Altaïr was extremely cynical all the way to the end, taking the view that Humans Are the Real Monsters and that the world we live on is an extreme Crapsack World. Ezio, particularly after many years working as an assassin in different parts of the world, while taking the view that Humans Are Flawed, never lost his faith that humans are overall still quite decent and also had a great appreciation for life and the world we live in.
  • Cool Old Guy: Ends the second game at his 40's and by the end of Brotherhood is 48 years old. By Revelations he's over 50, which is pretty old by the times' standards. By the time of Embers, he is 65 and can still pick up a sword, yet his age has finally caught up to him at this point and can't go around running like he used to. Still, for a man nearing the end of his life, he sure has a lot of fighting capability left in him.
  • Cultured Badass: Loves his art and literature. When asked to describe the Templars by Sofia, he is very terse:
    "Men who don't read."
  • Deadpan Snarker: While it was already a major trait of his during the first two games, this especially shows in Revelations where he even tells an excited Assassin wannabe to "keep his leggings on."
  • Deliberate Values Dissonance: The guy's opinions are pretty advanced for the age he lives in, having no problem with Leonardo's homosexuality, training men or women alike to be assassins and basically living by anarchist ideals.
  • Denying the Dead Parent's Sins: Subverted. After the initial shock, he accepts the fact that his father was indeed an Assassin.
  • Did Not Get the Girl: Cristina, who ends up in an Arranged Marriage to Manfredo Soderini before getting killed during the Bonfire of the Vanities.
  • The Dreaded: By the Templars. Quite possibly the most feared assassin the series. Best seen in the Revelations trailer. Ezio has been disarmed and his hands are bound but the simple act of him standing up and walking on his own makes an entire room full of Mooks panic.
  • Dual Wielding: Carries two Hidden Blades; also applies to the Medium Weapon/Hidden Gun and the Short Blade/Throwing Knives combinations in Brotherhood. Upgraded to a hidden blade/hookblade pairing in Revelations.
  • Due to the Dead: Utters "Requiescat In Pace" to (almost) all of targets during their final moments.
    • Averted in his initial assassinations where he violently slaughtered his targets and continued beating Vieri de' Pazzi even after his death, earning him a harsh rebuke from Mario as it was against the rules of etiquette the Assassins abide by.
  • The Dutiful Son: Family means a great deal to Ezio, and even in his early playboy phase, he's very obedient and deferential to them, even if they are sometimes embarrassing. He's finally convinced to stay with the Assassins when Mario accuses him of walking away from his father's legacy and he persists in keeping contact and helping his sick mother to recover, never abandoning her even when Mario seems to have given up.
  • 11th-Hour Superpower: Upon obtaining the Apple of Eden near the end of II and Brotherhood. In the former, he copies the same trick Al Mualim used against Altair in the first game by cloning himself against the Final Boss. In the latter, he can sacrifice a portion of his health to force enemies to commit suicide, although going for full synchronization states that he should not use it under any circumstance.
  • Even the Guys Want Him: Gets quite a bit of this. Leonardo is only the most prominent example.
  • Famed In-Story:
    • As of Revelations, where his reputation precedes him among the Assassins there.
    • Hell, even in II he's already this by the time the Bonfire of the Vanities rolls around.
    Civilian: Sometimes I wish the assassino would return to Firenze. See what he would say to such tyranny.
  • Feeling Their Age: Lampshaded in the opening mission of Revelations where a much older Ezio Auditore from the previous two games nearly dies because his reactions are dulled with age and laments that "this used to be so easy". Whenever he tries to deny this, Yusuf is always there to keep him honest.
    Yusuf: When were you ever young?
  • The First Cut Is the Deepest: His repressed memories in Brotherhood are all tied to his failed relationship with Cristina Vespucci.
  • Good Is Not Soft: Ezio is a kind man for an Assassin but as seen in Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood in his flashback, after he returns to Florence to meet Cristina again, he learns she's married to Manfredo, a faithful husband but a gambling addict, and after he killed off the gamblers who owe the latter his debt to them, he doesn't have any qualms dangling him over the bridge because his addiction nearly endangered Cristina's life and threatens to kill him if he gambles again.
  • Grumpy Old Man: Initially in Embers when confronted by Chinese Assassin Shao Jun and his response is, basically, "get out, kid! I'm too old for this crap".
  • Guest Fighter: His Brotherhood characterization appears in SoulCalibur V.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: It is heavily implied that Ezio, just as everyone in his bloodline, has genetic material from one of "Those Who Came Before" in his DNA, which gives him his Eagle Vision ability.
  • Happily Married: He is enjoying quiet domestic bliss with Sofia Sartor as of Embers.
  • Handsome Lech: Even during his 20-year Roaring Rampage of Revenge, he still tries to find time for the ladies and is pretty much confirmed to have bedded at least one countess in Forlì... until the Siege of Monteriggioni (begun while in bed with Caterina Sforza), after which he doesn't so much as look at a woman suggestively for the next three years. He eventually settled down with Sofia Sartor, whom he met in Constantinople, fathering Desmond's line in his fifties, though according to Word of God Ezio has fathered many other children in his lifetime, and one of them was an ancestor of Clay Kaczmarek (a.k.a. Subject 16).
  • Heartbroken Badass: The repressed memories of his old flame Cristina show that during the Bonfire of the Vanities she was mortally wounded and died in his arms. His later writings state that something in him "withered" after her death.
  • The Hero: During his memory sequences, where he fights Templar oppression while looking after his family.
  • Highly Visible Ninja: Just look at his portrait up there. His default Italian Assassin robes are pure white with scarlet accents, have the trademark tails and "beak" on the hood, and his belt buckle is a huge, ornate Assassin symbol. All of this should broadcast his affiliation to any Templar in the vicinity, and he wears this uniform all the time, though the player can unlock other color schemes if they so choose. Even to someone who doesn't recognize the significance of the symbols, he should stick out like a sore thumb. Judging by the ambient comments from random civilians, and the fact that by the third game the player sometimes has to counter-kill random Templar hitmen, he is just as conspicuous to the citizens as he is to the player. It's a wonder he lived long enough to die of old age, but he's just that good.
    • The blue-grey default robe he wears in Assassin's Creed: Revelations is definitely much less conspicuous.
  • Hyperspace Arsenal: Impressively averted — mostly. All of Ezio's weapons except bombs are modeled on his body. See Walking Armoury.
  • If You Ever Do Anything to Hurt Her...: He told Manfredo, Cristina Vespucci's fiancé, to stop gambling and be a good husband or he will hunt the guy down and kill him.
  • Indy Ploy: "I am improvising!"
  • In the Hood: Runs in the family, being an Assassin and all. Ironically, he becomes so famous that he is recognized because of the hood.
  • In the Past, Everyone Will Be Famous: Leonardo da Vinci, Caterina Sforza, Niccolò Machiavelli... that's quite a handful of famous people he deals with on a daily basis. He also pals around with a very young Suleiman the Magnificent in Revelations.
  • Italians Talk with Hands: He adds gestures to his words sometimes.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: His known negative flaws are womanising, starting fights and prone to anger quickly still he's really likable and a genuine Nice Guy who's loyal to his families and friends and compassionate to innocent people especially children.
  • Latin Lover: Ezio fits this trope well, given he is native Italian, Really Gets Around, and the Animus often leaves his native language untranslated.
  • Living Legend: By the time of Revelations, he's famous among both Assassins and Templars for defeating the Borgias, as shown by Yusuf in Constantinople.
  • Made of Iron: He can take absurd amounts of punishment with little negative effect. Cutscenes reveal this is canon, and not just because he's a player character, as evidenced by the "Charles Atlas Superpower" entry above.
  • Man of the City: He is responsible for refurbishing Monteriggioni in II. He basically owns Rome (both its buildings and the hearts of its people) in Brotherhood because he cleaned up the Borgia corruption. Then, he goes to Constantinople during Revelations and helps Yusuf push out the encroaching Templar influence, be it in the dens, the marketplace or the palace.
  • May–December Romance: He's old enough to be Sofia's father.
  • The Mentor:
    • In Brotherhood he becomes titled il Mentore when Machiavelli steps down in favor of him as Grand Master of the Assassin Order in Rome.
    • He trains new recruits for the Assassin brotherhood of Constantinople in Revelations.
    • The comics show he served as mentor to Giovanni Borgia and Hiram Stoddard, an ancestor of Tom Stoddard's, mentor in 1515, two years after technically retiring from active Assassin duties.
    • In Embers, he gives a few teachings to Shao Jun.
  • Multi-Melee Master:
  • The Musketeer: Uses his melee weapons independently of the Hidden Gun.
  • Multi-Ranged Master: Throwing knives, Hidden Gun andcrossbow. In Revelations, he adds darts and bombs.
  • Nice Guy: Noted for being one of the kindest protagonists in the series.
  • One-Man Army: Ezio can slaughter entire groups of soldiers single-handedly. Had he not gotten distracted by his vision of Altair in Revelations, it's likely that he would've completely slaughtered all of the Byzantines trying to capture and/or kill him.
  • The Paragon: He serves as a role model and inspiration to the Assassins and Italy in his lifetime and years later. Indeed his actions are set to have brought about and spread The Renaissance across Europe starting a Golden Age. It can also be argued that his era was the Golden Age for the Assassins as a whole since the era after him shows fewer definitive victories and only marginal impact on culture and history.
  • Le Parkour: Even before he became an Assassin, Ezio was highly adept at free-running. As his Animus entry in Assassin's Creed III so aptly puts it:
    "He was terrific at jumping, too."
  • Patrick Stewart Speech: Gives two awesome speeches. One at the end of the Bonfire of the Vanities and another in his final letter to his wife Sofia, where he tells her that for all his life's troubles, he has nothing but love for her, her children, their brothers and "this vast world that gives us life".
    • He also gives one to Shao Jun in Embers.
    "I spent many years teaching men and women to think and act for themselves. First in Roma, then Constantinople. Love binds our order together. Love of people, of cultures, of the world. Fight to preserve that which inspires hope, and you will win back your people."
  • Percussive Pickpocket: He was taught how to steal through "accidental" bumping-into by Paola.
  • Persona Non Grata: He is banned from Constantinople by order of the Sultan Selim, likely for wrongly killing Tarik, who was Selim's close friend and Captain of the Janissaries as well as sinking an entire Ottoman navy fleet. It's only because Suleiman put in a good word for him that Ezio is not attacked on the spot. Though with some negotiation, Ezio was able to come back to finish his business in Constantinopoli.
  • The Power of Love: What ultimately makes his mother Maria recover from her trauma of losing her husband and her children. Ezio's devotion to little Petruccio's memory eventually brings Maria Back from the Brink of her Despair Event Horizon. In his letter to Sofia, he affirms that love is the force which has kept him going through all his adventures and he expresses the same belief to Shao Jun.
  • Really Gets Around: The first game has him sleeping with lots of different women, though he eventually ends up Happily Married after the third game. It's also confirmed that Clay Kaczmarek was related to Ezio through an illegitimate child he fathered at some point during his life and likely never knew about. Desmond, meanwhile, was descended from one of his children with Sofia.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: His Character Development sees him going from a solid Red to his Uncle Mario (being younger, more passionate, less cautious and reasonable) to a Blue for the Brotherhood (older, cool-headed, wiser) as a whole as well as Yusuf Tazim and even Machiavelli himself.
  • Retired Badass: By Embers he's quit the Order in order to spend a quiet life with Sofia and their children.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Conducts a decades long one against his enemies because they killed his father, brothers and uncle.
  • Rousing Speech: At the end of Bonfire of the Vanities, he gives one about the importance of self-determination and not falling prey to the influence of people like the Medici or Savonarola.
  • Scarily Competent Tracker: Eagle Vision/Sense enables him to identify targets in a crowd, mark them for his normal vision, and even see tracks that they don't even know their making. This makes escaping him quite difficult.
  • Silver Fox: In Revelations. Despite the fact that he's past fifty, most of the women (and some of the men) in Istanbul can't keep their eyes off him. To put it another way, Sofia, his eventual wife was born in 1476; the year that Ezio, then 17, first became an Assassin.
  • Spotlight-Stealing Squad: As mentioned in Character Focus, Ezio had an entire trilogy of games telling his story. By comparison, every other ancestor has only had one console game a piece. On the same token, Ezio is generally considered the most well liked of the protagonists, so you will find people who didn't take issue with it.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: Assassin's Creed: Reflections reveals that he and Lisa del Giocondo, the model for the Mona Lisa, had a romantic attraction towards one another due to her nursing him back to health after he was injured fighting Borgia mercenaries in 1504, but Ezio's commitment to the Brotherhood and Lisa's faithfulness to her husband kept them apart.
  • Suddenly Always Knew That: Sure is handy that he picked up French from a couple girls in Florence and recalls it enough to let him get past some guards thirty years later.
  • Supernatural Gold Eyes: In his old age, his eyes have turned a solid shade of gold. This likely represents the shift in his Eagle Vision to Eagle Sense.
  • Sword and Gun: In Brotherhood Ezio can use a longsword or bludgeon (Medium Weapons) and his Hidden Gun together in combat while the Medium Weapon is equipped by holding down the Attack button (effectively switching to the Hidden Gun, though in a kill streak this will cause him to aim at a different person); the Short Blade and Throwing Knives have a similar relationship.
  • Tall, Dark, and Handsome: Tall for his time and place (5'9), dark-haired, dark-eyed, tan-skinned, and quite popular with the ladies.
  • Tempting Fate:
    • During Sequence 1 of AC2, he wishes for his life to never change. Que his family turning upside down and shattering.
    • Also by sparing Rodrigo's life, and then by assuming at the beginning of Brotherhood that "our work is finished." Cesare attacks the next morning.
    • Averted in "Brotherhood" when he spares Micheletto in order to save the actor. Micheletto does not become a threat from that point on and is arrested off-screen according to his portrait, with the novelization revealing that he was eventually killed by Cesare.
  • The Unfettered: As noted in the What the Hell, Hero? entry, Ezio will do anything and everything to eliminate a target. He is willing to use things like poison and explosives, in contrast to The Fettered Altaïr, who called poison a coward's weapon. Then again, it was Altair who designed all of Ezio's weapons so...
  • Unscrupulous Hero: By the end of his life, Ezio has killed hundreds if not thousands of people in a multitude of unpleasant fashions, and caused a lot of property damage and chaos in the process. However, all of his targets are very deserving of it, and he learns to pay dues to his victims as they die at his hands. A particular point of note is that he did not kill civilians under any circumstances; killing even one or two will cause de-synchronization, it's just that against his moral code.
  • "The Villain Sucks" Song: When impersonating a minstrel in Assassin's Creed: Revelations, he takes to singing songs about his former foes (The Borgia, The Pazzi, Duccio) none of them complimentary.
  • Walking Armoury: By the end of Revelations, he's packing a hidden blade, a hookblade, a sword/axe/hammer, a dagger, a poison dart launcher, a pistol, a crossbow, and a couple of dozen throwing knives. All these are modelled on his body. In addition, his unseen Hyperspace Arsenal includes ammo (10 bullets for the gun, 10 darts and 25 crossbow bolts), 15 parachutes and a dozen grenades of various types. Good grief.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Machiavelli is pissed when he finds out Ezio did not kill Rodrigo at the end of Assassin's Creed II. He's shown to be right when as soon as Ezio gets home his villa is burned down and his uncle killed by Borgia retaliation. On the other hand, this was done by Cesare against Rodrigo's orders and probably would have happened anyway. It becomes a much more prominent phenomenon in Revelations, where he is reprimanded several times by Yusuf and others for the actions he took there. One of them is when he incites a riot outside the Arsenal gates which resulted in heavy damage in both property and lives(the Arsenal district remains ruined unto the end of the game) so he can get into the Arsenal to spy on information necessary to thwart a Byzantine/Templar uprising.
  • The World Is Just Awesome: How Ezio feels at the end of his life. His final letter to his wife Sofia ends,
    "Love, liberty, and time: once so disposable, are the fuels that drive me forward. And love, most especially, mio caro. For you, our children, our brothers and sisters. And for the vast and wonderful world that gave us life, and keeps us guessing."
  • "World of Cardboard" Speech: Gives a famous speech at the end of The Bonfire of Vanities which summarizes his Character Development and conceptualizes the themes of the series. Serves as one not only for Ezio but the crowd as well, and the admiring Assassins who look at him with pride. For added awesome value, it is Truth in Television and borrows from Roy T. Bennett's The Light in the Heart.
    "Silencio! Silencio! Twenty-two years ago, I stood where I stand now... and watched my loved ones die, betrayed by those I called friends. Vengeance clouded my mind, and it would have consumed me, were it not for the wisdom of a few strangers, who taught me to look past my instincts. They never preached answers, but guided me to learn for myself. We don't need anyone to tell us what to do. Not Savonarola, nor the Medici. We are free to follow our own path. There are those who would take that freedom from us, and too many of you gladly give it up. But it is our ability to choose - whatever you think is true - that makes us human. There is no book or teacher to give you the answers, to show you the path. Choose your own way. Do not follow me, or anyone else."
  • Would Hit a Girl: Some of his targets have been female, and he killed "The Smuggler" Lia de Russo. He also has no problem tackling Lucrezia to the ground and holding her hostage.
  • Written by the Winners: Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag has a video from Abstergo Entertainment, a 2013 front for the 21st-century Templars, that 'hilariously' misinteprets Ezio's character, and even mispronounces his name for good measure.
  • You Killed My Father: ...and my brothers and my Uncle, Borgia!

    Giovanni Auditore 

Giovanni Auditore da Firenze
"Family. Justice. Honor. These are the values guiding my blade. This truth is written in blood, and the shadows are where I strike."
"Always remember: we are the Auditore da Firenze! We are Assassins!"

Appears in: Assassin's Creed: Lineage | Assassin's Creed II

Voiced by: Romano Orzari
Played by: Romano Orzari (Lineage)

"I am Giovanni Auditore, and like my ancestors before me, I am an Assassin."

Ezio's father, a prominent Florentine banker and noble, as well as the personal Assassin of Lorenzo de' Medici. He is executed in a Templar plot at the start of Assassin's Creed II, which triggers Ezio's decades-long quest for vengeance.

  • Action Dad: He is seen in action in the short film Assassin's Creed: Lineage, and he's perhaps as deadly as his son would become.
  • Aura Vision: Is hinted to have Eagle Vision since he tells Ezio to use his "talent" to find his secret Assassin cellar, which is only accessible to someone with Eagle Vision.
  • Badass Cape: Has the same half-cape Ezio would later wear.
  • Blade Below the Shoulder: Wielded a Hidden Blade until it ended up getting damaged.
  • Cool Old Guy: More middle aged, but he was a pretty cool father to Ezio, such as being both stern and jokey about his son's trouble with guards.
  • Death by Origin Story: Though it's clear he intended to eventually train Ezio towards becoming an Assassin, his death considerably sped up the process.
  • Disappeared Dad: By way of the gallows, he vanishes from Ezio's and Claudia's life, but his legacy lives on.
  • Dying Curse: He swears revenge upon Ulberto moments before his fatal drop. Given that Ezio killed Ulberto with Giovanni's own Hidden Blade, which Giovanni instructed him to find the night before, he made good on it.
    Giovanni: You are the traitor, Uberto – and one of them! You may take our lives this day, but we will have yours in return, I swear! We will–
  • Et Tu, Brute?: He is disgusted by Uberto's betrayal, who had been a close and trusted family friend for many years.
  • Follow in My Footsteps: It's ambiguous whether or not he intended to induct any of his four children into the Assassin Brotherhood. On one hand, Ezio knows absolutely nothing about them at the start of AC2 but on the other hand, he is already skilled in Le Parkour and unarmed combat, and there is a Deadly Deferred Conversation in the first memory sequence. Regardless, Ezio ultimately becomes a chip off the old block.
  • Generation Xerox: Ezio's Really Gets Around personality reminds him of his younger days.
  • Happily Married: Had an excellent relationship with his wife.
  • Hero of Another Story: The events that led to him being framed are not shown in the game. However, they are detailed in Assassin's Creed: Lineage, of which he is the hero.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: The actor the character was modelled after and voiced by also played him in Assassin's Creed: Lineage.
  • In the Hood: In Assassin's Creed: Lineage, he's seen in full Assassin attire, with his hood on.
  • Marry for Love: He and Maria married after falling in love, instead of having the more common Arranged Marriage for the time.
  • Sacrificial Lion: Dies fairly early on alongside his other sons to serve as the catalyst for Ezio's Roaring Rampage of Revenge.
  • The Smart Guy: While he was alive, he played this role for the Brotherhood, deciphering the Codexes and researching other locations. In Revelations, Ezio visits Istanbul after reading about Altaïr's library among his father's papers. He's so smart that the only other guy Ezio can find to decipher codes after him is the prodigal genius called Leonardo da Vinci.

    Maria Auditore 

Maria Auditore da Firenze (née de' Mozzi)

Appears in: Assassin's Creed: Lineage | Assassin's Creed II | Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood

Voiced by: Ellen David
Played by: Claudia Ferri (Assassin's Creed: Lineage)

"Go, my son, destroy them... but remember for whom we Assassins fight."

Giovanni's wife and the mother of Ezio, Federico, Claudia and Petruccio. She knows about her husband's life as an Assassin, and later takes a more direct role helping the Assassins in Rome.

  • Blue Blood: She is part of the powerful Mozzi family, who tried to have her lead a sheltered life. Instead, she rebelled against their authority and went out among the common people. Maria and her parents eventually came to a compromise where she could open a bakery in the courtyard of their palazzo, which is where she met Giovanni.
  • Character Death: The novelization of Brotherhood mentions that she died of a long-term illness sometime in 1504 (between the fall of the Borgias in Rome in 1503 and the "Da Vinci Disappearance"). This left Ezio and Claudia devastated.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Before her Heroic BSoD, she made quips at her son such as finding outlets for his energy "other than vaginas". After her recovery, she returns to form. An example of such is, after giving her son an assassination target to weaken the Borgia's influence, she says "make them impotent, my son".
  • Happily Married: Her marriage with Giovanni was happy.
  • Heroic BSoD: Suffers a massive one after being abused by city guards and the deaths of her husband and sons in ACII. She slowly begins to recover as the game unfolds.
  • Marry for Love: She and Giovanni married after falling in love, instead of having the more common Arranged Marriage for the time.
  • The Medic: In Assassin's Creed: Lineage, she helps treat Giovanni's wounds.
  • Miss Kitty: While by no means a former prostitute, she ends up in charge of Rome's biggest brothel with Claudia to help Ezio in Brotherhood.
  • Screaming Birth: She screams when giving birth to Ezio. It's even a feature of the gameplay!
  • Secret Keeper: She helped hide Giovanni's career early in their relationship, and officially joined the Assassin Order herself a few years after marrying him.
  • Widow Woman: Following the murder of her husband and her sons save for Ezio. She's in mourning for all of Assassin's Creed II, until Ezio finds all of the feathers to remember Petruccio.

    Claudia Auditore 

Claudia Auditore da Firenze
"You here to look at the book?"

Appears in: Assassin's Creed: Lineage | Assassin's Creed II | Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood

Voiced by: Angela Galuppo

Ezio's little sister. After the remaining Auditores flee Firenze, she becomes Monteriggioni's bookkeeper, helping Ezio set up his business empire. Come Brotherhood she takes a more direct stance in assisting her brother in Rome, managing a brothel and officially joining the Assassins.

  • Action Girl: In Brotherhood, she takes on four Borgia guards and kills them without taking a scratch. Ezio walks in on the aftermath.
  • Badass Bookworm: Her initial value to the Assassin Brotherhood is her skill as bookkeeper and her ability to use a brothel to collect intelligence. She's also good with a knife.
  • Badass Cape: Her Assassin outfit comes with one. It appears to be a family motif.
  • Big Brother Worship: Brotherhood goes into detail about how much she admires Ezio and wants to help him, but also resents his smothering overprotectiveness and the fact that he spent little time with her during AC2, a period of twenty years.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Her database entry in Aassassin's Creed II mentions that she knocked out another girl at school for simply looking at her boyfriend.
  • Defensive "What?": When Ezio walks in on her just after she curbstomped four Borgia soldiers with nothing but a knife. she says one of these, knowing that he disapproves of her in combat. It's mostly Played for Laughs.
  • Knife Nut: Four Borgia guards witnessed firsthand her skill with a knife. That was the last thing they saw.
  • The Leader: She is placed in charge of the Italian Assassins while Ezio is in the Ottoman Empire.
  • Older Than They Look: Despite being in her late-thirties in Brotherhood, she looks no different than she did when she was a bookkeeper in II.
  • The Spymaster: After taking over the Blooming Rose in Rome, she manages the Assassins's prostitute spy network and passes on the information gathered to Ezio.
  • Stealing from the Till: She shamelessly tells Ezio in Aassassin's Creed II that if he doesn't empty Monteriggioni's money box before it reaches full capacity then she will keep the excess for herself.
  • Took a Level in Badass: In Brotherhood, she takes two levels. The first is when she reveals her knife fighting skills to kill four Borgia guards before Ezio could arrive and the second where she becomes a full-fledged Assassin.
  • Woman Scorned: Famously and hilariously goes from crying over her unfaithful boyfriend one minute to vindictive and terrifying the next.
    Claudia: It's Duccio. I fear he's been unfaithful. ...He should suffer for what he's done."
    • And much later on in life, Ezio would encounter the exact same guy (now an art dealer who came across a few of Leonardo's paintings) and once again beat the hell out of him for bad-mouthing his sister.
    • And again in Constantinople, where he's found chatting up Sofia Sartor. He's gotten a bit wise about it, too:
    Duccio: [recognizes Ezio] Il diavolo in persona! ("The devil himself!")
    Ezio: Duccio. A pleasure.

    Mario Auditore 

Mario Auditore
"Don't you recognize me? It's-a me, Mario!"

Appears in: Assassin's Creed II | Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood

Voiced by: Fred Tatasciore

"The Templars seek dominion over man. And we, the Assassins, are sworn to stand against them."

Ezio's uncle, he commands a large number of mercenaries from his villa in Tuscany. He is the leader of the Italian Assassins.

  • Big Damn Heroes: His introduction, where he shows up to rescue Ezio, Claudia, and Maria from Vieri de' Pazzi and his men.
  • Big Good: In Assassin's Creed II, he is the ruler of the Home Base, Ezio's mentor and in charge of the local chapter of the Assassin Brotherhood.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: He enjoys a good fight and yells quite happily during battle.
  • Boom, Headshot!: Cesare shoots him in the head at the start of Brotherhood.
  • Cool Old Guy: He's a jovial fellow who makes jokes about his name and gets along quite well with his younger niece and nephew.
  • Cool Uncle: He gives Ezio money for equipment and a place for his family to stay, and inducts him into the Assassin Order.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: From the Lovable Rogue Uncle and mentor in II to killed in the first 30 minutes of Brotherhood. It is not dramatic or heroic. Cesare appears, throws him to the ground and then headshots him off-screen. Due to circumstances, Ezio can neither recover his body or even mourn him.
  • Four-Star Badass: He spent decades keeping Monteriggioni safe from Florentine attacks, commanding his army in direct defense of the city several times.
  • Handicapped Badass: His left eye was blinded due to a pendulum trap in Project Legacy.
  • Hero of Another Story: Is one of the viewpoint characters in Project Legacy.
  • Master Swordsman: Mario is a very skilled swordsman.
  • The Mentor: A strange combination of this and Boisterous Bruiser. He is Ezio's main mentor, teaching him about the Assassin-Templar conflict and eventually inducting him into the Assassin Order.
  • Mentor Occupational Hazard: He was Ezio's main mentor in the Assassin Order, and the only one to be killed.
  • Mind Rape: When he and several of his men found The Shroud hidden beneath the Villa Auditore, it began speaking to them and promised to heal their wounds. Mario did not trust it, but his men were desperate and unable to resist and turned on him so they could use it. He was forced to kill them all, and very nearly gave into the temptation to use it himself afterwards when it kept screaming into his head before he could pass it off to other Assassins for safekeeping.
  • Rugged Scar: He has a very noticeable scar going through his left eye, courtesy of a pendulum trap he triggered in a hidden chamber beneath the Villa Auditore.
  • Sacrificial Lion: Is executed by Cesare Borgia during the first act of Brotherhood.
  • Shout-Out: It's-a him, Mario.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: He is a little bit less serious than Giovanni, and prefers living in Monteriggioni over being in Florence and masquerading as a noble and banker, believing his brother was unable to focus fully on being a Assassin by doing so.
  • Sudden Sequel Death Syndrome: He is killed in the first act of Brotherhood, paving the way for Ezio's ascension to Mentor and providing him ample motivation to get revenge on Cesare.
  • Uncle Pennybags: Despite the state of decay Ezio finds Monteriggioni in, Mario does own the place. He also set Ezio up with a room, and some money to buy armor, free of charge. Also in Project Legacy, it's shown that he actively interacts with and helps out the various communities in his village to try and learn more about what they do.

    Federico Auditore 

Federico Auditore da Firenze
"It is a good life we lead, my brother... May it never change us."

Appears in: Assassin's Creed: Lineage | Assassin's Creed II

Voiced by: Elias Toufexis
Played by: Jesse Rath (Assassin's Creed: Lineage)

Ezio's elder brother, and the eldest of the Auditore children. He had recently begun training to be an Assassin, but was executed at the end of Assassin's Creed II's first sequence alongside Giovanni and Petruccio.

  • Cool Big Bro: His first scene is helping his younger brother Ezio in a street fight and then teasing him about wasting his money on prostitutes. This is followed by a race up a tower. They obviously have a great relationship.
  • Deadpan Snarker: He likes to lightheartedly poke fun at Ezio a lot; for instance, he jokes with a doctor that Ezio's only asset is his pretty face.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: His in-game appearance in Assassin's Creed II is based on that of the actor who portrayed him in Assassin's Creed: Lineage.
  • Le Parkour: He's just as agile as Ezio and challenges him to a race early on.
  • Sacrificial Lion: Dies alongside his father and their youngest brother Petruccio, which means that Ezio is responsible for the family's legacy.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Dies in the first act of the game.

    Petruccio Auditore 

Petruccio Auditore da Firenze

Appears in: Assassin's Creed II

Ezio's younger brother, and the youngest of the Auditore family. He collected feathers for some unknown purpose, likely as a gift for their mother Maria. Petruccio is executed at the end of the first sequence of Assassin's Creed II, alongside Giovanni and Federico.

  • Children Are Innocent: While we don't see much of him prior to his untimely death, he does seem like a fairly sweet-minded child.
  • Death of a Child: He's hung alongside his father and brother.
  • Ill Boy: Had some kind of disease that rendered him bedridden for much of his childhood.
  • Sacrificial Lamb: Dies alongside his father and their eldest brother Federico so that he couldn't grow up into an Assassin asset.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: He shows up in one memory, with maybe 5 lines or so, before his untimely death.

Other Italian Assassins

    Niccolò Machiavelli 

Niccolò di Bernardo dei Machiavelli
"I intend to write a book about you one day."

Appears in: Assassin's Creed II | Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood

Voiced by: Shawn Baichoo

"Rare is the man who is willing to oppose the status quo. And so it falls to us to help them see the truth."

A famous Florentine writer, philosopher, and diplomat, Machiavelli assisted Ezio during both the Battle of Forlì and the Bonfire of the Vanities and became his chief advisor in Rome during Brotherhood.

  • Admiring the Abomination: When walking with Ezio through Rome, Machiavelli seems to squee when discussing Cesare's sudden appearance on the political scene and his march to unifying Italy.
    Machiavelli: Cesare, head of the Papal armies. What does he intend to do with this power? What drives the man? That I still do not know. But, Ezio, Cesare has set his sights on all of Italia, and at this rate he will have it.
    Ezio: Is that admiration I hear in your voice?
    Machiavelli: He knows how to exercise his will. A rare virtue in the world today.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: He's one of the leading Assasins in Italy and is no slouch in combat, fighting alongside his fellow Assassins multiple times.
  • Commander Contrarian: Spends a good deal of Brotherhood second guessing everything Ezio says or does, even to the point of dismissing the idea of recruiting new assassins, despite not offering any viable alternative. This behavior leads La Volpe to start to suspect that he may be a traitor, but Ezio values the dissenting opinion.
  • The Cynic: Unlike Ezio and his other fellow Assassins, he doesn't have much faith in the people of Rome being able to help in the fight against the Templars, and wearily notes how well the Borgia have secured their interests in the city.
    Machiavelli: Are you suggesting we appeal to the people?
    Ezio: Maybe.
    Machiavelli: Relying on the people is like building on the sand.
    Ezio: You are wrong. Our belief in humanity rests at the heart of the Assassin Brotherhood.
  • Fashionable Asymmetry: His Brotherhood outfit's outermost garment is missing its right sleeve.
  • General Failure: At the start of the game, Assassin operations in Rome are in a really bad state of affairs. He's ineffective of making progress against the Borgia — having driven away the Thieves' Guild, unable to relieve the pressure on Bartolomeo's army, unable to get the madam of the Rosa in Fiore brothel to actually support the Assassins (a Database entry reveals that she was actually selling out the Assassins to the Church cardinals in the Borgias' pocket), being unaware that both Caterina Sforza and the Apple of Eden were held by the Templars, and otherwise being spectacularly unprepared for going after Cesare and Rodrigo Borgia. This is made worse by the fact that Machiavelli, of all people, is about the worst person you want for a popular people's revolution. Then again, he planted the explosions that assisted with Ezio's rescue of Caterina and he sent mercenaries to assist with Ezio's rescue mission at the Coliseum. He's also responsible for training Ezio's Assassin recruits and plans the Assassin missions with Pantasilea. Maybe it was just too much for him to handle on his own?
  • Good All Along: For about two-thirds of Brotherhood, La Volpe suspects him as a traitor and conspires against him. Ezio manages to prove La Volpe wrong at the very last second before Niccolo would have gotten knifed in the back.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: His explanation of his cynicism to Ezio is that he merely describes the conditions in Rome as they are.
  • Knight In Sour Armor: The games don't even try to downplay the cynicism he was famous for in Real Life (i.e. destroy the enemy without mercy and hesitation), yet he fights against the Borgias' tyranny for the people of Rome.
  • The Lancer: Willingly becomes this to Ezio during Brotherhood, being the cynical advisor to contrast his fellow Assassin's idealism.
  • Machiavelli Was Wrong:
    • Direct example. Ezio's actions tend to screw around with Machiavelli's rather cynical outlook. Eventually thanks to this, Machiavelli steps down as the Roman leader of the Assassins in favor of Ezio.
    • Funnily enough, the game's events lead up to Machiavelli writing The Prince — the actual book rather than The Themepark Version, which has him note that yes, the support of the populace is one of the most crucial factors to rule a land and while if you have to choose between being loved or feared, being feared is the safer choice if you can't have both, you absolutely have to avoid being hated. One of their first conversations even has Machiavelli make an observation ("He who builds on the people is like an architect that builds on sand") that he will reject verbatim in The Prince.
  • The Mentor: Ezio's recruits are essentially handed off to Machiavelli for their initial training, and he was probably supervising them when they were not acting as Ezio's personal security detachment.
  • The Mole: Suspected of being this by La Volpe — hence his withholding of the Thieves' Guild's support — and evidence seems to mount. He's not. The Borgia guard he accepted a letter from was his own spy in the Borgia regime, who was killed by one of La Volpe's unwitting thieves. The actual mole, another thief, is found later.
  • Murder Is the Best Solution: He believes that the Templars can be defeated by simply assassinating their leaders. Ezio argues that would be foolhardy, as the Templars are too well equipped and supported to be struck at so directly, and decides the Assassins must instead weaken their power base, taking out the lower and mid-level Templars while reducing their support and supplies while gathering new allies for the Assassins. Machiavelli eventually comes to agree with Ezio and throws his full support behind him.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: He is infuriated upon learning that Ezio spared Rodrigo Borgia and immediately leaves Monteriggioni for Rome to take care of the Templars himself.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: He and Ezio aren't as close as Ezio and Leonardo, but they are pretty close friends and Machiavelli willingly steps down and anoints Ezio as the Mentor admitting that despite his reasonable doubts, Ezio had consistently made the right decisions and was what the Assassins needed.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: His reaction to Ezio sparing Rodrigo is outrage at the wasted opportunity and potential for retaliation. It causes him to temporarily abandon Ezio and head to Rome.
  • Worthy Opponent: He gives some kudos to Cesare for how he manages to keep Rome under his iron-fisted rule. A nod to how historically he had good relations with the Borgia, and in particular seemed to admire Cesare in his writing. However, this ends up being part of what casts suspicion on him as The Mole.
  • Young and in Charge: Is about 19 when he and Ezio meet for the first time, making him about a decade Ezio's junior, but he already appears to be a fairly high-ranking Assassin.

    Bartolomeo d'Alviano 

Bartolomeo d'Alviano
"My Bianca hungers for more skulls to crush!"

Appears in: Assassin's Creed II | Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood

Voiced by: Alex Ivanovici

"Luridi codardi! I'll take you all on! At the same time! With one arm – no – BOTH arms tied behind my back!"

An Assassin and condottiere (mercenary leader) who Ezio Auditore rescues in Venice. Later becomes a major ally to Ezio in Brotherhood.

  • Arch-Enemy: He and Baron Octavion de Valois have a very personal conflict going during the campaign in Rome.
  • Attack! Attack! Attack!: What most of his strategies boil down to. Ezio and his wife help him device some more complex battle plans.
  • Badass Beard: He has quite the beard, and also happens to be a skilled mercenary commander.
  • Badass in Distress: He and his mercenaries are captured by Silvio Barbagio during the fighting in Venice, but he and most of his troops are rescued by Ezio and proceed to help him with his mission to assassinate Silvio.
  • Battle Couple: Of a sort with Pantasilea: she plans the strategy, he fights the battles.
  • BFS: His large claymore, Bianca.
  • The Big Guy: For the Assassins, he is the major fighter with the biggest muscles and largest number of bruisers, particularly during the campaign in Rome.
  • Blood Knight: There's no greater pleasure for him than throwing himself in battles.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: He loves fighting and is very energetic during combat, and he's loud and enthusiastic at all times.
  • Cluster F-Bomb: Directed at the Baron de Valois.
    -Nothing hangs between your thighs. In fact, there is a hole there so deep it reaches into the maledetto inferno (fucking underworld)!
    -I'll kill you, fottuto francese (French fuck)!
    -I will get you, you pezzo di merda figlio di puttana (piece of shit son of a bitch)!
  • Four-Star Badass: He is a very accomplished battle commander, winning several key battles throughout his life.
  • Frontline General: One of the major contrasting points between him and Baron de Valois is that Bartolomeo fights on the frontlines while the Baron hides behind his men.
  • Happily Married: In Brotherhood, though thanks to "Bianca," when Bartolomeo calls for his wife Ezio only half-jokingly asks, "Did you check behind the table?" before finding out to his surprise that the wife is an actual human woman. Ezio has a front-row seat to how much they love each other at the end of a Rescue Arc.
  • Hero of Another Story: One of the viewpoint characters of Project Legacy.
  • Historical-Domain Character: He was a real guy, a mercenary from Umbria in central Italy who distinguished himself in service of the Venetian Republic. Little is known about him however.
  • Honor Before Reason: Despite being an Assassin, he dislikes having to use subterfuge to win battles, preferring a straight-up fight.
    Bartolomeo: Your plan is brillante (brilliant), but I don't like using this kind of trick. I believe in fair fighting, may the best man win.
    Ezio: Cesare and the Baron seem to have a different style.
    Bartolomeo: There will come a day in which men no longer cheat each other. And on that day we will see what mankind is truly capable of.
  • I Call It "Vera": Wields a claymore called "Bianca".
  • Large Ham: Almost all of his lines are shouted and he likes waving "Bianca" around while doing so.
  • Logical Weakness: When a Boisterous Bruiser's wife is also his strategist, the single action guaranteed to cripple his operation is perfectly clear.
  • Named Weapons: Named his favorite claymore "Bianca".
  • One-Man Army: He is a great warrior who can cut through many enemies by himself.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Gives a fantastic one to Baron de Valois:
    Octavian: Such entitlement from a man born with nothing to his name.
    Bartolomeo: Mine is worth its currency. Unlike yours, which is counterfeit.
    Octavian: How dare you?
    Bartolomeo: You think that commanding an army grants you nobility? Nobility comes from fighting besides your soldiers, not kidnapping a woman to cheat your way out of battle. Why don't you grow a pair and release my wife?
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: Even if his swears are almost always in Italian, they are numerous and they are definitely no less scathing than if they were translated.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Part of his character appears to be Mario Auditore's bloodthirsty tendencies taken Up to Eleven. One imagines they would have made awesome Bash Brothers had Mario not been killed at the start of Brotherhood.
  • You Fight Like a Cow: Is quite fond of insults in the midst of combat.

    Pantasilea Baglioni 

Pantasilea Baglioni
"Mio marito vi ammazzerà tutti!" note 

Appears in: Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood

Voiced by: Millie Tresierra

"He has such an aggressive view of the world. However, strategy is equally important."

The wife of Bartolomeo d'Alviano, Pantasilea helps him in his duties as an Assassin and manages assassination contracts in Rome.

  • Battle Couple: Of a sort with Bartolomeo: she plans the strategy, he fights the battles.
  • Damsel in Distress: She is captured by Octavian de Valois in an attempt to get him to surrender, but is rescued by Ezio.
  • Defiant Captive: When captured by de Valois and surrounded by his soldiers, she shouts how her husband is going to kill them all.
  • Happily Married: She and Bartolomeo have a very stable and happy marriage. Ezio has a front-row seat to how much they love each other at the end of a Rescue Arc.
  • The Strategist: Has a better understanding of strategy than her husband, and identifies and creates a list of individuals for Ezio to assassinate that would weaken Templar control in Rome.
  • Women Are Wiser: She is much calmer and more rational than her husband.

    La Volpe 

La Volpe
"They call me many things: Murderer, Tagliagole, Thief... But you may call me La Volpe."

Appears in: Assassin's Creed II | Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood

Voiced by: Vito DeFilippo

The leader of the Florentine thieves and an Assassin, he moves to Rome during Brotherhood, becoming a major ally for Ezio.

  • Animal Theme Naming: Literally "The Fox," later worked into the name of his inn.
  • Aura Vision: It's theorized that La Volpe may have had a variant of Eagle Vision capable of seeing through walls, which would be very helpful in his thieving activities.
  • The Complainer Is Always Wrong: In Brotherhood, he perpetually suspects Machiavelli of being The Mole due to the fact that Machiavelli has worked for the papacy and that he left Monterriggoni shortly before it was attacked. This feeling is made worse after he and Ezio see Machiavelli accept a message from a Borgia guard, and only lays off when Ezio vouches for Machiavelli — who later confirms that the Borgia guard (unwittingly killed by one of La Volpe's thieves) was his own mole. La Volpe eventually moves to kill Machiavelli himself after Borgia troops try to move on the Thieves' Guild and many of his spies are exposed shortly after Machiavelli inquired about them. Ezio stops him in the nick of time, having found the real mole who was also a traitor during the assault on Monteriggioni. It was a thief, presumably having been in La Volpe's employ.
  • Headbutting Heroes: He does not get along with Machiavelli at all, convinced that he is a traitor to the Assassin Order. After learning one of his own thieves was The Mole, not Machiavelli, La Volpe becomes much friendlier to Machiavelli.
  • Honor Among Thieves: When they first meet, La Volpe returns Ezio's money, which was deliberately pickpocketed to lure him to the meeting spot. His thieves also watch out for each other, protecting their fellows when they're in danger.
  • In the Hood: Wears a hooded cape. This hints that he's an Assassin in addition to being a thief.
  • Knife Nut: He is only ever seen fighting with a butcher's knife.
  • Legitimate Businessmen's Social Club: The tavern he and Ezio build in Brotherhood, La Volpe Addormentata ("The Sleeping Fox"), a favorite of the Borgia guards who provide coin in more ways than one.
  • Lovable Rogue: He's an unrepentant thief, but also a pretty likable guy.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Although Renaissance calls him Gilberto, this is not mentioned in the game.
  • Purple Eyes: His database entry makes special note of his "violet eyes." They add to his mysterious nature.
  • Shrouded in Myth: Nothing is known about his past, and most of what Shaun Hastings is able to discover about him is little more than myths about his thieving abilities.
  • The Sneaky Guy: Is definitely the best at stealth among the Italian Assassins. He just "appears" when he wants to talk to someone, even Ezio.


"We must walk the streets freely: seen, but unseen."

Appears in: Assassin's Creed II

Voiced by: Claudia Ferri

"I too know betrayal."

The madame of a Florentine brothel, she protects Ezio's family after they are betrayed, teaching Ezio how to use his hidden blade and disappear in the crowd.

  • Action Girl: Even before becoming an Assassin she knew how to take care of herself, having to kill a city guard in self-defense. Giovanni Auditore represented her and won the case, after which Paola joined the Assassins.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Not much is known of her early years aside from being orphaned, and she comments cryptically to Ezio that she has known betrayal while showing him her scars.
  • Five-Finger Discount: She is an expert at pickpocketing, and teaches Ezio how to do it as well.
  • Hooker with a Heart of Gold: She runs the La Rosa Colta in Florence, which helps protect women living on the street.
  • In the Hood: Her head is always covered with a hood, and she's also an Assassin.
  • The Mentor: The first of several to Ezio, teaching him how to blend in crowds and pickpocket.
  • Miss Kitty: She runs a brothel, and she might be a former prostitute herself.
  • Only One Name: We have no idea what her surname is.
  • Parental Abandonment: Her parents died at sea when she was only eight, which forced her to live on the streets.
  • Scars Are Forever: She has burn scars on her right arm, but never tells Ezio how she got them aside from them being cause by some sort of betrayal.
  • Stealth Expert: She teaches Ezio how to move silently in crowds and assassinate from them.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: She isn't seen after Assassin's Creed II 's final sequence, although the novelization of Revelations has Claudia mention that she is still an Assassin leader in 1512.

    Teodora Contanto 

Teodora Contanto

Appears in: Assassin's Creed II

Voiced by: Nadia Verrucci

"Men hold God as an idea in their heads, not in the depths of their hearts and bodies. Men must know how to love in order to reach salvation. My girls and I provide that to our congregation."

Also known as Sister Teodora, she is the former member of a convent and the madame of the La Rosa Della Virtù, "The Rose of Virtue", in Venice. She assisted Ezio in assassinating Templar Doge Marco Barbarigo.

  • Action Girl: During the fight for the Apple of Eden she fights alongside her Assassin brothers.
  • Ethical Slut: When she left the nunnery, she nailed a statement to the front door claiming that one could only "truly enter the arms of God" through "partnership with another". She founded her bordello later that year.
  • Good Shepherd: She still thinks of herself as a cleric after starting up a brothel and believes that her methods are superior to the "cold" and "earthy" ways of the nunnery. She and her girls help their "congregation" learn to love.
  • Hooker with a Heart of Gold: A madame of a brothel, and also a very good person.
  • Naughty Nuns: She kept her religious outlook even as madame, and one of her clients called her brothel "the church for a new sect of Catholicism".
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: She isn't seen or mentioned after the end of Assassins Creed II. One can assume she's too busy in Venice to join Ezio in Rome.

    Antonio de Magianis 

Antonio de Magianis

Appears in: Assassin's Creed II

Voiced by: Carlo Mestroni

"Ezio, who are the true nobles of Venezia? Men like Carlo Grimaldi and Marco Barbarigo? No! I say we are; the thieves and mercenari and whores."

The leader of the Thieves Guild of Venice and an Assassin, he assisted Ezio in fighting the Templar presence in the city.

  • Ambiguously Bi: Leonardo does say "I've been seeing quite a bit of him lately — errr... as mutual friends..." while he's also seen being rather friendly with Teodora's courtesans.
  • A Father to His Men: He cares a great deal for his thieves, doing his best to protect them from harm.
  • Badass Cape: Smaller than Ezio's but it still fitting for an Assassin-thief.
  • Badass Mustache: Has a tiny one and also happens to be a skilled Assassin.
  • Just Like Robin Hood: After taking down Emilio Barbarigo, Antonio orders his men to distribute the stolen goods in the Palazzo della Seta to the merchants that Emilio had robbed, along with the poor.
  • Lovable Rogue: He may be a thief, but he has a strict sense of honor and limits his targets to those who deserve it.
  • Self-Made Man: He was born at the bottom of Venetian society, but taught himself to read and write. He then attempted to go to university, but was denied several times due to his low social status. He then disappeared for several years before reemerging as the leader of the Venetian thieves and an Assassin, stealing from some of them men who had denied him access to university due to his class.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: He isn't seen or mentioned after the end of Assassins Creed II. One can assume he's too busy in Venice to join Ezio in Rome.

    Perotto Calderon 

Perotto Calderon

Appears in: Assassin's Creed: Project Legacy

"I have spent so much time with Lucrezia lately that I have been neglecting my work. I know the importance of my task, but each day I am finding it harder to care."

A skilled Assassin assigned to spy on the Borgia by serving them as a courier. He is a viewpoint character in Project Legacy.

  • Archer Archetype: He is renowned for his skill with a bow, and is able to kill many Assassins with it before being killed.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: Part of his duties as a spy in the Borgia household include doctoring letters from Rodrigo Borgia, with Perotto altering letters to break up alliances with the French, issue a commendation of a man rather than a pardon, and order outrageously priced furniture.
    Perotto: I would never pay that much for furniture! I doubt Alexander would either, but now he has agreed to it.
  • Beneath Suspicion: The arrogant Borgia would never suspect that a mere courier would be an Assassin spying on them, and thus pay him little attention while discussing major plans.
  • In Love with the Mark: He is supposed to be spying on Lucrezia, not falling in love with her.
  • The Mentor: To Francesco Vecellio, although he believes Francesco's sense of honor and fair play limits his abilities. When Francesco joined the Assassins trying to kill Perotto, he allowed himself to be struck down, being unwilling to harm his student and friend.
  • The Mole: His position in the Borgia household enables him to pass on a ton of important information to the Assassin Order which allows them to disrupt several Templar plots.
  • Papa Wolf: When his child with Lucrezia was born malformed and likely to die within days, Perotto abandoned the Creed and killed his fellow Assassins to find and use the Shroud of Eden to heal Giovanni.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: With Lucrezia, and they both know it.
    Perotto: Finally, we are together! Neither of us believes it will last, that there is any way it could last, but for now it does not matter. We will try to hide from reality as long as we can.
  • Unequal Pairing: He and Lucrezia have to hide their relationship because of their different social levels and the fact that her family would kill him if they knew. Perotto also has to hide their relationship from his fellow Assassins.

    Francesco Vecellio 

Francesco Vecellio

Appears in: Assassin's Creed: Project Legacy

"Someday I will take the time to create, to paint, but not now. For now, I am a soldier on the front lines."

A Italian painter and secret member of the Assassin brotherhood. He was Perotto's student before joining the Assassins sent to kill his former mentor, after which Francesco was sent to Rome to train under Ezio, eventually becoming a Master Assassin.

  • The Apprentice: To Perotto, who began his training, and to Ezio, who finished it.
  • Brain Bleach: While gathering intel to assassinate Niccolò di Pitigliano, Francesco got information out of a prostitute Niccolò frequented, but got too much information for his liking.
    Francesco: I have uncovered vile details about Niccolò's private life! They are valuable to my plans, but I will spend many years trying to expunge them from my memory.
  • Cultured Badass: He is both a painter and a highly skilled Assassin.
  • The Leader: After finishing his training under Ezio, Francesco was given a team of Assassins to command and take out Templars across Rome.
  • The Mentor: To Giovanni Borgia, the son of his late mentor Perotto.
  • Sole Survivor: His entire team of Assassins were wiped out in an ambush by French Templar Charles de la Motte.

    Cipriano Enu 

Cipriano Enu

An African member of the Assassin Order and member of Francesco's team.

  • Impromptu Tracheotomy: Dies from a gunshot to the neck.
  • The Straight and Arrow Path: He is a master archer, and quickly becomes regarded as one of the best shots in the Order. He uses a specialized recurve bow as his main weapon.
  • Omniglot: He knows at least seven languages outside of his native language, which is very useful for the Assassins.

    Tessa Varzi 

Tessa Varzi

"Tessa has a disturbing love for venom. She is so precise in her work that she can paralyze a man, put him to sleep, cause him to go mad, fake his death, or, of course, kill him in various horrible ways."
Francesco Vecellio

A Italian Assassin and member of Francesco's team.

  • Action Girl: Francesco is very impressed with her lethality in combat.
  • Blade on a Stick: She uses a spear in battle along with a crossbow.
  • Lethal Chef: Francesco mentions her cooking is terrible.
  • Master Poisoner: She specializes in crafting and using poisons, which can paralyze, put targets to sleep, or kill. Notably she killed Doge Agostino Barbarigo by sending him threatening letters saying the Assassins would kill him for his betrayal of their Order. He got so paranoid about assassination attempts he never realized that each letter was coated with a poison that was killing him quicker every time he touched one.

    Giovanni Borgia 

Giovanni Borgia

"With everything I know, what I have personally witnessed, I marvel at the endless sea beneath our ship. What secrets lie lost below? Relics? Cities? Answers?"

The bastard child of Perotto Calderon and Lucrezia Borgia in Project Legacy. Was raised to be a prick by his uncle (posing as his father), but later switched sides. He accompanies Hernán Cortés and his conquistadors to South America after being assigned to hunt for a Crystal Skull. He spent the latter years of his life studying the First Civilization and their artifacts with the assistance of his wife Maria.

  • Abusive Parents: Cesare posed as his father, and would "train" him to fight or leave him in the hands of Micheletto Corella.
  • The Apprentice: He was trained by Francesco Vecellio in the ways of the Assassins.
  • Came Back Wrong: The Shroud saved him from death, but left him with severe Bleeding Effect-like symptoms, and "Consus".
  • Cultured Badass: He dedicated himself to studying the Pieces of Eden, learning quite a bit about them and the First Civilization, and often used the cover of being a scholar in his assignments.
  • Determinator: He stared into the Crystal Skull for at least an hour a day for over twenty years, believing that it held some secret or power. He was finally rewarded for his persistence in 1542 when he briefly communicated with the Templar aligned Chinese Emperor Jiajing through it, and was able to alert his fellow Assassins that Yongle was in possession of another Crystal Skull.
  • Genius Bruiser: He's an Assassin but he is also extremely smart, being an expert on what is known of the First Civilization, and is also a capable navigator and astrologer.
  • Grave Robbing: He and Maria open the tomb of Nicholas Flamel and his wife, and were astounded to find them empty, providing credence to the rumor Flamel had found the secret to immortality and faked he and his wife's deaths.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: Giovanni was able to manifest Eagle Vision as a five-year-old child; due to this being strongly implied in AC2 about Altaïr Ibn La'Ahad and his ancestors, it may be inferred about Giovanni and his father Perotto Calderon.
  • Happily Married: Maria Amiel was invaluable to him, both in his personal life and his Assassin work.
  • Hearing Voices: At times, often in proximity to the Apple of Eden, he saw/heard "Consus," who would tend to give him advice relating to the use of Pieces of Eden, though Consus also interpreted a letter and guided him to joining the Assassins.
  • Heroic Bastard: His parents had him out of wedlock, but he's fairly heroic.
  • Historical-Domain Character: While relatively obscure, Giovanni Borgia was a real person.
  • Infant Immortality: All thanks to The Shroud of Eden, he survived infancy.
  • Jumped at the Call: He was quite eager for his assignment to the New World to track down a Crystal Skull, due to his borderline obsession over Pieces of Eden.
    Giovanni: I have studied these relics from our past, these Pieces of Eden, and I have even wielded them on rare occasion. I have spent my life theorizing and mapping, but never before have I had the opportunity to hunt one.
  • The Mole: He was sent by the Assassins with Hernán Cortés expedition to the New World under the cover of a soldier / scholar named Botello. Giovanni was to learn all he could of the civilizations there, the Spanish's intentions, and to locate and recover a Crystal Skull they believed was there to prevent it from falling into the Spaniards possession.
  • Professional Killer: He becomes a highly skilled Assassin.
  • Token Good Teammate: The only truly good person amongst the Borgias.

    Maria Amiel 

Maria Amiel

"Never in my life have I felt so passionate about anyone. I would follow this man to Hell!"

An assistant to Swiss scholar Bombastus, Maria met and assisted Giovanni Borgia in his hunt for the Book of Abraham, eventually marrying him. Although never joining the Assassin Order herself, Maria assisted her husband in his work researching the First Civilization.

  • Beleaguered Assistant: Working for Bombastus wasn't much fun. Maria much preferred working with Giovanni, who treated her as an equal.
  • Bookworm: She likes reading, and proves to be a valuable asset to Giovanni in his research.
  • Grave Robbing: She helps Giovanni open the tomb of Nicholas Flamel and his wife.
  • Secret Keeper: Of Giovanni's life as an Assassin, as she never actually joined the Order.

Turkish Assassins


Yusuf Tazim
"You are the man I've longed to meet. Renowned Master and Mentor, Ezio Auditore de la-la-la!"

Appears in: Assassin's Creed: Revelations

Voiced by: Chris Parson

"Welcome to Galata district. For centuries it has been a home to orphans from Europe and Asia alike. You won't find more diversity anywhere else in the city. And for that reason, Assassins make it their home."

The leader of the Assassin Brotherhood of Constantinople. He is a former thief who was recruited into the Brotherhood by former guild leader Ishak Pasha.

  • Badasses Wear Bandanas: He is always seen wearing what looks like his era's equivalent of an orange bandana around his head, and he's a Master Assassin.
  • Blade Below the Shoulder: Dual wields a Hidden Blade with a Hookblade.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: Sneakier than most (being an Assassin and all), but the energetic and playful personality remains.
  • Cool Mask: His concept art has him wearing a mask like some other Turkish Assassins.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: Has a light diagonal scar under he left eye going across his cheek, possibly from a previous fight.
  • Foil: Intentionally established as one to Ezio's Elder Brother Federico, including to the Tutorial Parkour session testing the Hooked Blade which echoes the opening of Assassin's Creed II right up to scaling the tower at the end.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Dies trying to single-handedly hold off the Templars when they storm Sofia's house. He takes a lot of them with him.
  • The Lancer: He sets a contrast with Ezio during his stay in Constantinople; a master assassin and guild leader who is younger, not so gruff, and isn't distracted by a pretty face.
  • The Leader: He is the guild leader of the Ottoman Assassins and a Type IV.
  • Lovable Rogue: Ezio describes him as being quite affable when he's not sneaking up on you so he can steal or stab you.
  • Mr. Exposition: Introduces the new mechanics to Ezio, showing him how to use the hookblade and throw bombs.
  • Master Swordsman: He's handy with a sword and it is his sword that is the Infinity +1 Sword of Revelations.
  • Professional Killer: Like most Assassins, his job is killing people.
  • Sacrificial Lion: Dies trying to protect Sofia from the Templars on Ezio's behalf.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: He is not pleased when Ezio decides that the best way to break into the heavily fortified Harbor of Theodosius is by starting a riot. Yusuf only lets him proceed with the plan after making him promise to protect the rioters as best he can.

    Piri Reis 

Haci Ahmed Muhiddin Piri

Appears in: Assassin's Creed: Revelations

Voiced by: Alex Ivanovici

An Ottoman naval commander and expert cartographer, Piri Reis is also a Master Assassin. He prefers not to engage foes directly, instead providing bombs and technical information to the Brotherhood.

  • Deadpan Snarker: Not very often, but he gets a few good snarks in, particularly his response to watching Ezio blow up the Great Chain and its tower and set fire to the Ottoman blockade:
    Piri: Yours is not a subtle approach.
  • Demolitions Expert: He creates all of the bombs for the Ottoman Brotherhood.
  • Four-Star Badass: Not in the game, but at the age of 80 he will be made a admiral by the Sultan.
  • Genius Bruiser: Aside from being a respected sailor and warrior, Piri is also a philosopher, cartographer, and scientist.
  • Historical In-Joke: He was not an admiral by the time of the game, but the Assassins of Constantinople do jokingly call him "Reis" (Ottoman for "Admiral").
  • Knight In Sour Armor: Like most Assassins, he is fairly cynical of how the world functions, but hopes that it will get better.
    Piri: Well, I have some sticky resin bags. My uncle Kemal had a wild fondness for them. During Bayezid's conflict with Venezia, he was a captain in the Ottoman navy. He liked resin bombs because they stuck to almost any surface... the hulls of large ships, for instance.
    Ezio: I lost many friends in that conflict.
    Piri: We all did, Ezio. And that war is why I became an Assassin. I hate the artificial boundaries our leaders have built between people.
    Ezio: We fight to end the fighting. It is a sad irony.
    Piri: It will always be an irony, evet (yes). But perhaps one day it will not be so sad.
  • Nice Hat: More turban, but it still counts.
  • The Perfectionist: He describes himself as one, having been working on a map for the Sultan for ten months, and figures that with the Sultan being so old his successor will be the one to get it.
  • Privateer: In his youth under his uncle Kemal.
  • Renaissance Man: Expert cartographer, military commander, bomb maker, and Assassin.
  • The Smart Guy: His role for the Ottoman Assassins, providing their technical support.



Appears in: Assassin's Creed: Revelations

A female Ottoman Assassin.

  • All There in the Manual: Her name is only revealed in the novel.
  • Ascended Extra: In-game she's the woman who Prince Ahmet was using as a fake Sofia, while in the novel she's revealed to be a fellow Assassin.
  • Bookworm: Loves books, and after Sofia leaves Constantinople with Ezio she takes over her old bookstore.
  • Damsel in Distress: Is captured alongside Sofia and dressed like her in order to fool Ezio.



Appears in: Assassin's Creed: Revelations

An Ottoman Assassin, and one of Yusuf's most trusted lieutenants.

Northern European Assassins

    Desiderius Erasmus 

Desiderius Erasmus

A Dutch scholar, humanist, Catholic priest, and theologian, Erasmus was secretly the head of the Northern European Assassins. As such, he maintained a close correspondence with the Italian Assassins.

  • Badass in Distress: He is captured by the Templars in the early 16th century, but was rescued by a team of Italian Assassins.
  • The Ghost: He is never seen in the games or novels, but is mentioned several times and plays a role in one of Brotherhood's contracts storylines.
  • The Leader: Of the Northern European Assassins.

Alternative Title(s): Assassins Creed II The Assassins


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