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Ezio Auditore da Firenze

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"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."
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Main Game Appearances: Assassin's Creed II | Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood | Assassin's Creed: Revelations

Other Appearances: Assassin's Creed: Lineage | Assassin's Creed: Embers | Soul Calibur V | Assassin's Creed: Reflections | Assassin's Creed: Rebellion | For Honor note 

Voiced by: Roger Craig Smith (English), Tomokazu Seki (Japanese), Gilbert Lachance (French)

Played by: Devon Bostick (Lineage)

Ezio Auditore is the ancestral character of the game trilogy encompassing Assassin's Creed II, Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood and Assassin's Creed: Revelations. He is an ancestor of William Miles, Desmond Miles and Clay Kaczmarek (aka Subject 16).

After his blissful and carefree life as the young son of Florentine banker Giovanni Auditore is destroyed when the latter is betrayed, 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, and gets progressively inducted in the Assassin Brotherhood.

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The plot of the trilogy of games show Ezio's progression and growth, as he goes from an enraged young man 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 and allows it to prosper for centuries to come.

See here for his Soul Calibur V character sheet.


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    A - C 
  • 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 over twenty years, and kills plenty of people.
  • Armor of Invincibility: All three of the games starring Ezio features a set of special armor that gives him the highest HP rating in the game and is also completely unbreakable, with no need to pay repairs:
    • The Armor of Altaïr in Assassin's Creed II. It was created by Altaïr Ibn La-Ahad using the knowledge he got from the Apple of Eden that he had in his possession, and it takes most of the game to obtain it. In order to access it, six sigils have to be collected by platforming in hidden sanctuaries in Florence, San Gimignano, Forlì and Venice.
    • The Armor of Brutus in Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood. It's an ancient Roman armor that belonged to Marcus Junius Brutus (who would later appear in Assassin's Creed Origins) and, again, it takes most of the game to obtain it. Much like in AC II, six seals have to be collected by platforming in ancient Roman ruins in order to access it.
    • There are two such armors in Assassin's Creed: Revelations. The Master Assassin Armor can be obtained quite early in the game (by the second memory sequence), making it a veritable Disc-One Nuke, but it takes much grinding by sending your Assassin recruits on missions all over the Mediterranean plus quite a few Den Defenses. The Armor of Ishak Pasha meanwhile renders Ezio impervious to bullets, it belonged to dead Turkish Assassin Ishak Pasha, whose grave inside Hagia Sophia can be accessed by retrieving ten scrolls.
  • 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.
  • 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: He was a protagonist of some Real Life Renaissance events, the official history of which forgot his name, of course.
    • He helped saving the life of Lorenzo de' Medici during the Pazzi Conspiracy, hunted and killed the Pazzi conspirators in and around Florence, killed Doge Marco Barbarigo in Venice and engineered the downfall of Girolamo Savonarola after the Bonfire of the Vanities.
    • Later, he witnessed the death of Rodrigo Borgia/Pope Alexander VI and caused the downfall of the latter's son, Cesare Borgia.
    • And he also took part in the downfall of Prince Ahmet in the Ottoman Empire.
  • 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 Assassin's Creed: 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 Assassin's Creed: Revelations for the Ottoman Assassin Brotherhood as long as he's in Constantinople.
    • 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 Assassin's Creed: 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 Mission-Pack Sequel 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 Assassin's Creed: Embers, Ezio retired to a vineyard near his birth city of Florence after Assassin's Creed: 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 Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood and Assassin's Creed: Revelations. Interestingly, Aya/Amunet from Assassin's Creed Origins used it long before he did.
    • The liberation of Roma has begun. He says this to the citizens he assists against Borgia guards 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 that strained him too much.
  • Character Focus: He's the primary ancestor in three games and an extremely important figure in the overall Assassins vs Templars 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 in his 40's, and by the end of Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood, he is 48 years old. By Assassin's Creed: Revelations he's over 50, which is pretty old by the times' lifespan standards. By the time of Assassin's Creed: Embers, he is 65 and can still pick up a sword, though 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."
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    D - M 
  • 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: This 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, all of it can be relived in fragmentary memories that are explored in Brotherhood.
  • The Dreaded: By the Templars. Ezio's quite possibly the most feared assassin the series. Best seen in the Assassin's Creed: Revelations trailer, where he 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 his 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 Assassin's Creed II and Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood. In the former, he uses 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 Assassin's Creed 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 an older Ezio (he's over 50 by the time of Revelations, which is quite an advanced age at the time) 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.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: "Nightmare" from the Templars' perspective.
    • In Assassin's Creed II, Ezio goes from being a young insignificant Florentine nobleman to bringing the Pope to his knees.
    • When he arrives in Rome in Brotherhood, he has nothing left bar one Hidden Blade, and he's badly injured. Count two to three years, and he has gathered an Army of Thieves and Whores and stolen Rome from under the Borgias.
  • 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 engaged 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 Assassin's Creed: Embers when confronted by Chinese Assassin Shao Jun. And his response basically amounts to "Get out, kid! I'm too old for this crap".
  • Guest Fighter:
    • His Brotherhood characterization appears in Soul Calibur V.
    • He was a guest boss in the temporary For Honor / Assassin's Creed crossover event of December 2018/January 2019 titled For Honor - For the Creed.
  • 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 and very possibly his endurance.
  • Happily Married: He is enjoying quiet domestic bliss with Sofia Sartor as of Assassin's Creed: 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 damn 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 while he's in Constantinople in Assassin's Creed: Revelations is definitely much less conspicuous. Unless he dons the armor of Ishak Pasha — it's quite impossible to miss that menpō-like mask.
  • Hyperspace Arsenal: Impressively averted — mostly. All of Ezio's weapons except bombs are modeled on his body. See Walking Armoury.
  • Iconic Sequel Character: He's perhaps the most iconic Assassin of the franchise, and was introduced in the second main game.
  • 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 Assassins and infamous among 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, and trains plenty of new recruits to take on the Borgias.
    • 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: Ezio is proficient with many weapons.
  • The Musketeer: Uses his melee weapons independently of the Hidden Gun.
  • Multi-Ranged Master: Throwing knives, Hidden Gun andcrossbow. In Assassin's Creed: Revelations, he adds darts and bombs.

    N - Y 
  • Nice Guy: Noted for being one of the kindest protagonists in the series.
  • Old Master: He becomes a mentor to the Assassin Brotherhood of Constantinople when he's over 50 (which is pretty advanced by 16th century lifespan standards). Then, at age 65, he gives some teachings to Shao Jun, who has come all the way from China to seek his widsom.
  • One-Man Army: Ezio can slaughter entire groups of soldiers single-handedly. Had he not gotten distracted by his vision of Altair in the opening cinematic of Assassin's Creed: 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, Italy and beyond. 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 eras after him shows much less 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 Constantinople.
  • 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 (the 100 feathers Collection Sidequest in Assassin's Creed II) 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.
  • Raised as a Host: Sort of. While he lived his own life, wreaked havoc on the Templars and allowed the Assassin Brotherhood to prosper like never before, he was destined to be a host allowing Those Who Came Before to transmit messages to Desmond Miles through him and through time. Justified since the things Those Who Came Before want to warn Desmond about won't happen until centuries after the end of Ezio's life.
  • Rambunctious Italian: As a young man, he was impetuous and Hot-Blooded, often cursing in untranslated Italian. Then he grew wiser as an Assassin in his formative years.
  • Really Gets Around: The first game has him sleeping with lots of different women, though he eventually ends up Happily Married to Sofia Sartor 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 has quit the Order for over a decade in order to spend a quiet life with Sofia Sartor and their daughter Flavia.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Conducts a decades long one against his enemies because they killed his father and brothers.
    • Then he goes against the Borgias in Rome, Cesare in particular, for killing his uncle Mario and destroying Monteriggioni, and the body count keeps piling up.
  • 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: His 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 they're making. This makes escaping him quite difficult.
  • Silver Fox: In Assassin's Creed: Revelations. Despite the fact that he's past fifty, most of the women (and some of the men) in Constantinople can't keep their eyes off him. To put it another way, Sofia Sartor (his eventual wife) was born in 1476; the year that Ezio, then 17, started his Assassin career.
  • 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 game a piece. On the same token, Ezio is generally considered the most well liked of the series' 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 Leonardo da Vinci's 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 Assassin's Creed II, he wishes for his life to never change alongside his brother. Cue hos brothers and father being arrested and executed.
    • Also by sparing Rodrigo Borgia's life, and then by assuming at the beginning of Assassin's Creed; Brotherhood that "our work is finished". Cue Cesare Borgia attacking Monteriggioni.
    • 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 himself 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 de Luca), none of them complimentary, of course.
  • Walking Armoury: By the end of Assassin's Creed: 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 Borgia 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 Cesare Borgia as retaliation. On the other hand, this was done by Cesare himself against Rodrigo's orders, and probably would have happened anyway. It becomes a much more prominent phenomenon in Assassin's Creed: 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 like this:
    "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 Borgia 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!

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