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Characters page for the late 15th century/early 16th century Templars of Assassin's Creed II, Assassin's Creed: Revelations and Assassin's Creed: Lineage.

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Roman Templars

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Florentine Templars

The Pazzi

    Francesco de' Pazzi 

Francesco de' Pazzi
Voiced by: Andreas Apergis

"Your day is done, Lorenzo! Your entire family dies by my sword!"

The father of Vieri and a member of the Templars, he was the head of the Pazzi Conspiracy, which aimed to remove the Medici from power in Florence and install a Templar allied regime.

  • Aristocrats Are Evil: As shown in his Database Profile, he hates the Middle and Lower Classes, as well as anyone who tries raising their social status.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking:He was claimed to have done this at the start of the game.
  • Ax-Crazy: Just watch him killing Lorenzo's brother. And both in Real Life and the Novel, he's so crazed up that he STABS HIS OWN LEG WITHOUT REALIZING IT!
  • Beard of Evil: He has a thick long beard, and happens to be a Templar.
  • Dies Differently in Adaptation: Real life Francesco de' Pazzi was executed by hanging. Here he is seemingly killed by Ezio, although his corpse is still hanged on the wall of the Palazzo Vecchio.
  • Disc-One Final Boss: He's the final target before you really get on with the story.
  • Fan Disservice: After you kill him, the Medici hang his corpse in front of the city while wearing only a loin cloth...
  • Fragile Speedster: He can run quite a lot. However, like everyone else who plays this trope in Assassin's Creed, he'll get cut down pretty quickly.
  • Jerkass: Not only is he a Templar conspirator, he's also just rude and egotistical.
  • Large Ham: Case in point:
    Francesco: (in Italian, while stabbing Giuliano de Medici) No mercy for you, dog! Die! Die! DIIEEE!
  • One Steve Limit: No relation to Francesco Salviati.
  • Pride Before a Fall: He got so overconfident about the conspiracy that he ignored the threat posed by Ezio, not to mention he got so bloodthirsty he killed Lorenzo's brother and left Lorenzo with time to recover and defend himself (though it could be blamed on the two monks, since they failed to stab him fatally and ran away).

    Jacopo de' Pazzi 

Jacopo de' Pazzi
Voiced by: Arthur Grosser

The head of the Pazzi family, Jacopo was a banker who worked with the Templars. He had nothing against Lorenzo de Medici personally, so when it came time for Francesco's coup to be executed, he hired four Templar hitmen to take him out: Maffei, da Bagnone, Baroncelli and Salviati (see above).

  • Dies Differently in Adaptation: Real life Jacopo Pazzi was hanged. Here, he is stabbed by Rodrigo Borgia and on the receiving end of a Mercy Kill by Ezio.
  • Evil Old Folks: The patriarch of the Pazzi family is an old guy working with the Templars. He looks gaunt in Shaun's database but in person he looks feeble.
  • Mercy Kill: As Ezio is about to assassinate him, Rodrigo Borgia and Emilio Barbarigo stab Jacopo—twice in the chest, once through the neck—and leave him to bleed out. Soon after, Ezio eases his pain and ends his life mercifully.
  • Only Sane Man: See Token Good Teammate.
    Jacopo: I tried to be the voice of reason...
  • Spanner in the Works: He namedrops a Venetian Templar in Ezio's hearing range and is the reason why Ezio decides to head there next.
  • Token Good Teammate: He's less of a douche than his nephew and grand-nephew. He opposed their scheming against Lorenzo de Medici, though admittedly this is more to stop the plotting from getting personal and avoiding potential carelessness.
  • You Have Failed Me: Rodrigo Borgia stabs him for failing to take over Florence and then mucking up the aftermath.

    Vieri de' Pazzi 

Vieri de' Pazzi
Voiced by: Yuri Lowenthal (Assassin's Creed II), Gianpaolo Venuta (Brotherhood)

"Fool. Your father is the one who needs to be taught a lesson."

A young Florentine noble and the son of Francesco de' Pazzi. His family has always been at odds with both the Medici and the Auditore houses. Vieri is later revealed to be a member of the Knights Templar.

  • Aristocrats Are Evil: Like his father, he's shown to be extremely brutal, cruel and hateful towards the lower classes and everyone else.
  • Artistic License – History: While most of the major characters of the game's version of the Pazzi conspiracy are based on real life figures, Vieri is a fictional Pazzi who didn't exist.
  • Attempted Rape: He tries this on Cristina Vespucci, but Ezio intervenes.
  • Bad Boss: Apparently, he disfigures and maims his own soldiers if they piss him off, or if he feels like it, with one mentioned Eye Scream occasion. It's implied in a letter that he just wants his father's attention.
  • Berserk Button: He does not take kindly to Ezio pretending to sleep with his sister.
  • Big, Screwed-Up Family: The Pazzi are not nice people, to others or each other.
  • Dirty Coward: Ezio's encounters with Vieri usually end with Vieri running away with his tail between his legs after Ezio gets rid of the mooks he was hiding behind. And he's accompanied by two mooks in his final confrontation with Ezio.
  • Evil Counterpart: He's perhaps what Ezio could've been if not for his parents and Mario.
  • Jerkass: Just like his father, he is an arrogant and petty prick.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: Noble in this case but unlike most other Templars, who will run at the sight of Ezio, Vieri was willing to stay his ground and fight against Mario Auditore's mercenaries (as long as he had mooks between himself and Ezio, still). In the novel, he even wears full body armor, fights and nearly kills Ezio with an axe.
  • Smug Snake: He was so confident that he had Ezio dead to rights after the latter fled Florence that he was extra blind-sided when Mario's archers thinned his guard. What did he expect when he attacked the nephew of the guy whose villa he was literally standing in front of?
  • Sore Loser: According to Shaun's Database Profile, Vieri would often make up rigged competitions to flaunt himself over others. And on the rare occasions when he lost, he would invite the winner's entire family for "a meal to die for". Not to mention how he swears to kill Ezio and his entire family, both during Ezio's rescue of Cristina during the Attempted Rape mentioned above, and after Francesco's arrest, during which Vieri keeps slandering the Auditore's name and triggers the first chapter's fight. In fact, during the first part of the game, your enemies consist of Pazzi Family's Guards (or relatives, since they dress like Vieri) trying to find and beat you down on Vieri's orders.
  • Spoiled Brat: Shaun notes that he's very skilled when it comes to spending his father's money, and it's always on frivolous things like exotic animals, weapons, clothes, and rigged races.
  • "The Villain Sucks" Song: Ezio hasn't forgotten even forty years later:
    "Vieri, oh Vieri
    Yes he of Pazzi fame
    Was just as mad as his old man
    And ended just the same."
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: In a letter, his mentor Fra Giacondo expresses his belief that Vieri acts the way he does to gain his father's approval.
  • Would Hit a Girl: When pursuing Ezio, he threatens Maria and Claudia and implies he will rape them after Ezio is disposed of:
    Vieri: I have such wonderful things in store for your mother and sister.

Other Florentine Templars

    Uberto Alberti 

Uberto Alberti
Voiced by: Michel Perron

"As Gonfaloniere it is my duty to ensure that the city of Firenze remains a shining beacon of justice. Corruption and its ilk shall find no purchase here so long as I am in control."

The gonfaloniere (first magistrate) of Florence and friend of Giovanni Auditore, Uberto betrayed his friend and oversaw his execution on behalf of the Templars. He was the first victim of Ezio's campaign of revenge against the Templars.

  • Amoral Attorney: He uses his connections and authority to prosecute enemies of the Templars.
  • Anti-Villain: He joined the Templars and betrayed Giovanni to ensure his family would be taken care of, not out of desire for power or personal wealth.
  • Corrupt Politician: Uses his office to persecute enemies of the Templars, notably the Auditore family.
  • Driven to Villainy: His excuse for turning on Giovanni, which he details in a letter addressed to his wife which Ezio takes after killing him:
    Uberto: History will likely judge this to have been a matter of politics and greed. Know that it was not hate that forced my hand, but fear. When the Medici robbed us of all we owned, I found myself afraid. For you. For our son. For the future. What hope in this world for a man without proper means?
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: His primary motivation is ensuring that his wife and son will have a secure future, even if it means betraying everything he once stood for. He hides his true allegiance and reasons for killing Giovanni from his wife, knowing she would be horrified by his actions.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Formerly an ally of the Assassins, he joined the Templars due to his resentment of the Medici for depriving his family of its wealth.
  • Famous Last Words: After Ezio stabs him:
    Ezio: Yes, I would. And I have.
  • Fat Bastard: For all his claims of financial security motivating his betrayal, he still has a well fed belly.
  • It's Personal: Notably, out of all of Ezio's targets in II, he's the only one whose list of professions includes "Traitor".
  • My God, What Have I Done?: He's ashamed and horrified at the way he betrayed Giovanni, but believes that he had no other choice to ensure his family's safety and fortune.
    Uberto: They offered me money, land and title in exchange for my collaboration. And so, this is how I came to betray my closest friend. However unspeakable the act, it seemed necessary at the time. And even now, looking back, I see no other way...
  • Self-Made Man: While coming from a noble family, Uberto's legal skills were entirely self-taught, and his impressive record speaks for itself, at least until he joined the Templars.
  • Starter Villain: Ezio's first assassination target and in fact the reason he got started with the Assassin order.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: Shaun notes in the database that he's generally known for going after despicable criminals and so everyone is quick to believe that Gionvanni Auditore went bad when the truth is the opposite.

    Antonio Maffei 

Antonio Maffei da Volterra
Voiced by: Shawn Baichoo

A Florentine monk who worked for the Medici, he joined the Templar Order and became a member of the Pazzi Conspiracy.

  • Defiant to the End: Unlike most assassination targets, he continues to try and struggle against Ezio after having been mortally wounded.
  • Beard of Evil: He has a beard and mustache combo and happens to be a Templar.
  • Dies Differently in Adaptation: Real life Antonio Maffei was executed by hanging. Here he is killed by Ezio.
  • The Quiet One: In Assassin's Creed: Lineage, he makes a vow of silence regarding his and Uberto's knowledge of the Templar plot. Game-wise, he is still voiceless until his assassination mission, at which point he has already gone completely mad.
  • Revenge: One of his main motivations is getting payback against the Medici after witnessing their mercenaries raiding Volterra, the city he comes from.
  • Sanity Slippage: After the plot failed, he fled to San Gimignano and resided in one of the highest towers, yelling down scripture at the citizens while also firing arrows at some. Also, from his undelivered letter to Rodrigo Borgia, he seems to believe birds are swirling around the prophet, whether he believes it's Ezio (in which case, he would be correct) or Rodrigo is unknown.
  • Sinister Minister: His assassination mission, "town crier", has him perched up on the highest tower, to paraphrase Ezio's informant, send both scripture recitations and arrows to the crowds below him. There's also, you know. Templar.

    Stefano da Bagnone 

Stefano da Bagnone
Voiced by: Tony Robinow

"If you think the Lord has any interest in our affairs, you've got another thing coming. But please, by all means, continue to delude yourself if it helps pass the time."

A monk who partakes in the Pazzi Conspiracy, he was trained in Rome to be a Templar "butcher".

  • Bald of Evil: Has not a hair on his head, and happens to be a Templar.
  • Dies Differently in Adaptation: Real life Stefano da Bagnone was executed by hanging. Here he is killed by Ezio.
  • Dirty Coward: He immediately flees Florence when the plot fails, and hides among innocent monks to avoid the Assassin's retribution. Though, once Ezio does get to him, he calmly accepts his death. Maybe it was less about hiding and more about trying to lure Ezio to a trap?
  • Evil Old Folks: 61 years old and a Templar.
  • Face Death with Dignity: He faces his death quite calmly and ponders he'll now see if he was right (on God not existing), before telling Ezio what he knows.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: His Nay-Theist speech has sound points, especially after learning about Juno and her true goal.
  • Nay-Theist: When a monk invites him to pray, he goes into a Breaking Speech, dismissing God, if he exists, as a madman, and the monks as foolish and homicidal.
  • Sinister Minister: He's a downplayed example because, according to himself, he only became one to get closer to the Medici and is a Naytheist, and would abandon the cloth once Ezio was dealt with.
  • Torture Technician: He was trained by the Templars to torture their enemies.

    Bernardo Baroncelli 

Bernardo Baroncelli
Voiced by Tod Fennell

A wealthy banker who partook in the Pazzi Conspiracy.

  • Acrofatic: In the cutscene where he and Francesco strike at Giulano, he's by far more agile and fast, also more deadly with the dagger.
  • Artistic Age: About 26 at the time of his death in real life, but he could easily pass for someone over 40 in the game.
  • Alliterative Name: Bernardo Baroncelli.
  • Arms Dealer: He is the Templar who arranges for the weapons the conspirators and their soldiers use.
  • Beard of Evil: Has a beard and mustache combo, and happens to be a Templar.
  • Cutscene Power to the Max: Compare him conspiring with the Templars and later killing Giulano in cutscenes to his assassination mission. Possibly justified, since by then he was scared shitless of Ezio, who ruined his plans and killed his partners.
  • Dies Differently in Adaptation: Real life Bernardo Baroncelli was caught when trying to flee Italy, brought back to Florence and hanged. Here, he is killed by Ezio in San Gimignano.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: His main motivation for taking part in the Pazzi conspiracy was getting revenge on Lorenzo de Medici for exiling his cousin from Florence.
  • Fat Bastard: You can tell that he's wealthy by that big belly.
  • Historical-Domain Character: Was a real person, though the historical Baroncelli ended up trying to flee to Constantinople, but got arrested and sent back to Florence, where he was later hanged.
  • Knife Nut: He was the first one to attack and stab Lorenzo's brother. Also, he seems to be the one with more skill compared to Francesco, since he's the one to put Giulano down with some very skilled and precise stabs before Francesco finishes him off. Even if Francesco didn't stab Giulano like a madman, he would bleed out from a punctured kidney, neck, and possibly heart and/or lung(s).
  • Morally Bankrupt Banker: He bankrolls the Templar cause, which in this case, is the Pazzi Conspiracy, so of course his morals are absent.
  • Properly Paranoid: After hiding in San Gimignano, he is convinced that the Assassins will try to kill him at any moment and is constantly having every corner of his surroundings checked and is accompanied by guards at all times. This makes it a pain for Ezio to get close enough for a stealth kill.
  • Revenge: His motivation against the Medici is to take revenge for several cousins who were exiled from Italy due to them.
  • Sanity Slippage: He begins talking to himself constantly about his fear of Ezio tracking him down and becomes extremely paranoid.

    Francesco Salviati 

Francesco Salviati

Voiced by: Marcel Jeannin

"You think a few mercenaries will scare me? Ha!"

Archbishop of Pisa and member of the Pazzi Conspiracy.

  • Ambition Is Evil: His desire to become Archbishop of Florence is what drove him to help with the Pazzi Conspiracy and he was already an archbishop at the time.
  • Dies Differently in Adaptation: Real life Francesco Salviati was executed by hanging. Here he is killed by Ezio.
  • One Steve Limit: No relation to Francesco Pazzi.
  • Revenge: His motivation for striking against the Medici is due to being passed over to become Archbishop of Florence, a position of great wealth and influence.
  • Sinister Minister: Templar Archbishop, though he is broke in terms of genuine faith.


Venetian Templars

    Emilio Barbarigo 

Emilio Barbarigo
Voiced by: Arthur Holden

A wealthy and influential merchant of Venice. He controls San Polo, the merchant district, and resides in the Palazzo della Seta.

  • Arms Dealer: He supplies weapons to various groups of Templars.
  • Buy Them Off: He funds the Venetian police force, making them his muscle to intimidate his competition.
  • Evil Genius: Of the Venetian Templars, given that he provided weapons for the Pazzi Conspiracy in Florence.
  • Evil Old Folks: 64 years old and a Templar.
  • Knife Nut: He helps Rodrigo stab Jacopo de Pazzi to death.
  • A Lighter Shade of Black: Downplayed, as Emilio is still treacherous and cruel, but he's more in line with the traditional Templar ideology of "peace through progress and control", rather than Rodrigo Borgia's line of conquest for power's sake.
  • Screw the Rules, I Make Them!: Since the entire police force of Venice is being paid for out of his pocket, they're as much his personal enforcers as they are policemen. One of the introductory scenes in Venice has some of the police destroy a perfectly legal stall because its owner had a private dispute with Emilio, and then arrest him for violating a nonexistent law when he complained.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: While the Thieves' Guild was aware of his tyranny, Emilio was quite popular because of his funding of the Venetian police force, keeping the streets safe from crime. That is, other than his own. His guards imprison the people that complain about this.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Claims he was working to establish unity, stability, and order, and that doing so demanded some sacrifices.

    Carlo Grimaldi 

Carlo Grimaldi
Voiced by: Roc LaFortune

A member of the Council of Ten and close advisor to Doge Giovanni Mocenigo.

  • Ambition Is Evil: Is motivated by a desire for greater power, to the point that he'll willingly have anyone in his way murdered.
  • Beard of Evil: Has a thick white beard and happens to be a Templar.
  • Corrupt Politician: A member of the Council of Ten, and a Templar.
  • The Dark Chick: Of the Venetian Templars, given that his assigned task is to befriend and then manipulate Giovanni Mocenigo.
  • Evil Chancellor: He was part of the Council of Ten, one of Venice's main governing bodies.
  • False Friend: To Giovanni Mocenigo. He was also trusted by the daughter of Ignazio Contarini, the head of the Council of Ten. She came to him for help escaping Venice with a servant who she wished to marry, and he agreed to arrange a boat for them to escape. Instead, they arrived to find Carlo with Ignazio and his guards, who had killed the servant killed and rewarded Carlo greatly for his help.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Treats the Doge as a close friend, but still murders him for the Templar agenda.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Fools Ignazio Contarini's daughter into believing he's on her side in his backstory, only to betray her to her father, and treats the Doge like a friend while ultimately poisoning him to death.
  • Not So Different: Tries to invoke this in his dying words to Ezio, who then promptly throws it in his face.
  • Professional Butt-Kisser: Silvio Barbarigo accuses him of being one because he ingrates himself through flattery and gifts, which infuriates Carlo.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: With Silvio, who dislikes Carlo for being in his eyes an asskisser.
  • Younger Than They Look: He's only forty, but his hair has gone completely white.

    Marco Barbarigo 

Marco Barbarigo
Voiced by: Tony Robinow

A powerful and rich noble, he schemes with his fellow Templars to become Doge of Venice to advance their agenda.

  • Ambition Is Evil: He has desired nothing but power since he was a youth.
  • Aristocrats Are Evil: He's an evil noble and a Templar.
  • Big Bad Duumvirate: Of the Venetian Templars, alongside Silvio; he is personally chosen by Rodrigo to become the new Doge.
  • Co-Dragons: To Rodrigo as far as Venice goes, he is one half of the leading henchmen alongside Silvio.
  • Evil Old Folks: 73 years old and a Templar.
  • Large Ham: Has a hammy speech during Carnevale after becoming Doge of Venice.
  • Murder the Hypotenuse: He wanted Dante's wife, so he tried to have him killed. When that failed and left Dante mentally disabled, he had him sign a document to cancel his marriage and took his wife for himself... all the while Dante kept guard on the door.
  • Spoiled Brat: Was one in his youth, according to Shaun, as he had everything he wanted from his family.
  • Tyrant Takes the Helm: After becoming Doge of Venice, he speaks of the changes he will bring and how he will destroy anyone who opposes him.
  • "The Villain Sucks" Song: Hit it Ezio:
    "Venezia's grim Doge
    A fierce and evil man
    Was just a trifle red of face
    When I upset his plan."

    Silvio Barbarigo 

Silvio Barbarigo
Voiced by: Harry Standjofski

The State Inquisitor of Venice.

  • Big Bad Duumvirate: Of the Venetian Templars, with Marco. He describes himself as "the one who organized the entire operation; the one who came up with the idea of how to save this city." He also provides the poison for Carlo, and is one of the last targets in Venice (alongside Dante).
  • Co-Dragons: To Rodrigo as far as Venice goes, he is one half of the leading henchmen alongside Marco.
  • Defiant to the End: Even after he's betrayed by his fellow Templars and stabbed by Ezio, he refuses to tell his secrets.
  • Evil Uncle: He had one, who killed his father. Silvio had him stabbed and took his palazzo for himself after he grew up.
  • Fat Bastard: He's overweight and a Templar.
  • In the Hood: Constantly wears a red cloak with the hood up, which is why he is initially known to Ezio only as "the Venetian".
  • Irony: He introduced Rodrigo Borgia to cantarella in order to kill their enemies. Rodrigo would later die by this same poison when he tries to poison Cesare.
  • Master Poisoner: He's implied to be one, and is the one who introduced Rodrigo Borgia to cantarella, the infamous poison often used by the Borgias (and the one that would kill Rodrigo and destroy the Borgias' authority in Roma), in the first place.
  • Revenge: His father was killed by his uncle, and Silvio planned revenge since childhood. After becoming an adult, he had his mother and sister (or two courtesans, it's unclear in the database) to stab him. He later covered up the details to make it appear his uncle just "died in bed".
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: When Ezio beats the other competitors in the tournament, Silvio bribes the ring leader to give the prize to Dante Moro, even though everyone saw Ezio kick his ass.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: He doesn't get along well with Carlo Grimaldi, viewing him as little more than a useless sycophant.
  • Would Hurt a Child: According to the database, when he learned the Soranzos were plotting against the Barbarigos, Silvio threw an Easter celebration and invited the Soranzos. While their children enjoyed a pageant in the courtyard, Silvio took their parents up to the roof, toasted them...and then signaled the archers waiting for his command in the courtyard. The Soranzos never tried plotting against the Barbarigos again.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Both he and Dante are abandoned by the Templars when Ezio comes after them. Even then, he refuses to confess to Ezio about where they were sailing to.

    Dante Moro 

Dante Moro
Voiced by: Tony Calabretta

The brain damaged bodyguard of Marco Barbarigo.

  • An Axe to Grind: Wields a two-handed axe in combat.
  • The Brute: For the Venetian Templars. The brain damage he sustains from a murder attempt on him makes him a convenient heavy for his master Marco.
  • The Dragon: To Marco and, later, to Silvio, as a bodyguard. He is a physical threat to Ezio while his masters are the conspirators.
  • The Dog Bites Back: In his final moments, he manages to tell Ezio that the remaining Templars went to Cyprus.
  • Dumb Muscle: His brain damage took most of his mind from him, making him little more than a brute that the Templars order around.
  • Dying as Yourself: Perhaps. Despite his brain damage, as he dies he is lucid enough to defy orders and tell Ezio what he needs to know.
  • Extreme Doormat: As a result of being stabbed in the head, his brain is damaged and extremely impressionable.
  • Murder the Hypotenuse: The reason Marco tried to have him killed was his lovely wife.
  • Normally, I Would Be Dead Now: He was stabbed three times in the body and once in the head, but survived.

Forlì Templars

    Checco and Ludovico Orsi 

Checco and Ludovico Orsi

Voiced By: Andreas Apergis (Checco), Gianpaolo Venuta (Ludovico)

Two aristocratic brothers who are tasked by Rodrigo Borgia with retrieving the Apple of Eden in 1488. They lay siege to Forlì in an attempt to wrest the Apple away from Ezio Auditore and Caterina Sforza's hands.

  • Aristocrats Are Evil: A duo of evil noble Templars.
  • Ax-Crazy: They murdered Girolamo Riario by walking up to him while he was dining and stabbing him multiple times. They then dump his naked body in the middle of town.
  • Evil Debt Collector: If people couldn't pay back their loans, they'd murder tham.
  • Loan Shark: They got bored with life in the countryside, so they started up a side business giving out loans For the Evulz and then murdering people when they couldn't pay them back.
  • Only in It for the Money: It would seem so, since they murdered Caterina's husband, a fellow Templar, in exchange for payment and because he owed them money.
    Machiavelli : The Orsi have no world view bigger than their purse.
  • Siblings in Crime: The Orsi brothers always work together on a job.
  • Would Hurt a Child: They kidnap two of Caterina's children and plan on killing them if she does not turn over the Apple of Eden.

Byzantine and Ottoman Templars

     Spoiler Character 



Appears in: Assassin's Creed: Recollection

The youngest sibling of Bayzeid II and a member of the Templar Order, Cemal stole the Apple of Eden his father Mehmed II had used to conquer Constantinople, but proved unable to use it, eventually storing it in the Templar Archives on Cyprus and trying to get help from Western Templars. After being placed under house arrest by his brother in Italy after he was unable to secure a position as sultan, and getting acquainted with Rodrigo Borgia, he was eventually assassinated in Capua by the Assassins in 1495 because it was believed the Borgia planned to use him to conquer Constantinople.

  • Greater-Scope Villain: To both II and Revelations, as it was he who placed the Apple in the Templar Archives, and introduced Prince Ahmet to the Templar Order, Niccolo Polo's memoirs, and Altair's library in Maysaf.
  • Historical-Domain Character: He was a real person.
  • Implicit Prison: Was placed under house arrest in Italy by his brother Bayzeid II.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: A downplayed nonlethal variant. The Templars appealed to his better nature until they got a confirmation on the Apple's location, at which point they left him to his fate.


Voiced by: Steve Blum

"Could it be that you are every bit as deadly as the legends say? Or am I in charge of an army of drunks swinging sticks?!"

A Byzantine captain and Templar in charge of excavating Mysaf, he is killed by Ezio in 1511.

  • Bad Boss: He constantly insults his men, pulls one who'd come to his rescue from his carriage out of mere spite (the guard not even having done anything against Leandros) and throws another off a rooftop in an attempt to slow Ezio.
  • Bald of Evil: It appears that he shaves his head. It makes a remarkable contrast with our hero, who even in his old age still has a full head of hair.
  • Beard of Evil: He has a small pointed black beard; definitely evil hair.
  • Dirty Coward: He never dares to face Ezio directly, instead throwing his soldiers at him while trying to flee.
  • "Get Back Here!" Boss: He flees from Ezio throughout their conflict, escaping first on a carriage and then on foot through a town to escape the Assassin's wrath.
  • Jerkass: Easily one of the biggest assholes ever encountered among the Templars, with no redeeming qualities at all.
  • Only One Name: Even his database entry doesn't have a full name.
  • Zero-Effort Boss: He goes down without even a fight at the conclusion of Memory Sequence 1.

    Manuel Palaiologos 

Manuel Palaiologos
Voiced by: Vlasta Vrana

"The dream of our Order is universal. Ottoman, Byzantine... these are only labels. Costumes and facades. Beneath these trappings, all Templars are part of the same family."

A Templar and former heir to the Byzantine throne. He builds a Templar army and arsenal from his hidden stronghold in the underground city of Derinkuyu.

  • Beard of Evil: Has a thick beard and happens to be a Templar.
  • Contractual Boss Immunity: Averted. He can be taken down with counters.
  • Disc-One Final Boss: Ezio thinks he is head of the Templars in the Ottoman Empire, but he reports to Ahmet.
  • The Dragon: The second in command to Prince Ahmet.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Is personally disgusted by Shahkulu's brutality, stating that there's no need to spit upon those lower than themselves. The fact that the end result stinks up to high heaven also doesn't help. He also calls Ezio out on starting a fire in an underground city, leading to hundreds of people possibly suffocating from smoke.
  • Evil Is One Big, Happy Family: Considers Templars to be one big family, in that regard he's Not So Different from the Assassins.
  • Fat Bastard: Subject 16's database records that he got fat off the pension he got from the Ottoman Emperor in exchange for selling his right to the throne, when all the while he was planning to overthrow the guy.
  • Lets See You Do Better: In his final moments, he simply hands over his Masyaf Key to Ezio and challenges him to try and open it before he is killed by the Templars.
  • The Remnant: The last heir of the Byzantine Empire who seeks to restore the long-fallen Empire.
  • Sedgwick Speech: There is a short chase after he gives the speech, but he essentially has one when Ezio sets off explosives in Derinkuyu, causing a panic:
    Manuel: Citizens! Soldiers! Compose yourselves. Do not give in to fear! We are the true shepherds of Constantinopolis. We are the lords of this land. We are Byzantines. Kouráyo! (Have courage!) Stand fast! Do not let anyone break your - (spots Ezio coming towards him) Ah, Skatá (shit).
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Honestly believes in the Templar mission to bring peace to the world through control, and despises the Assassins for opposing them.
    Manuel: You! You take advantage of a poor and displaced people, using us to further your own vain quest! But we fight for dignity, Assassin. We fight to restore peace to this troubled land.
    Ezio: Templars are always quick to talk of peace, but very slow to concede power.
    Manuel: Because power begets peace, vláka (idiot)! It cannot happen in reverse. These people would drown without a firm hand to lift them up, and keep them in line!


Voiced by: Tony Calabretta

"When the Palaiologos line is restored, Manuel, do not forget who helped you bring it back."

A relentless individual, Shahkulu was left an orphan after an Ottoman ambush destroyed his tribe. As a youth, he came in contact with the Templar Order, which he quickly joined. His hatred of the Ottoman Turks was surpassed only by his fierce determination to eliminate all opposition of the Templar's ideology.

  • Ax-Crazy: His preferred form of entertainment is torturing Ottoman Turks to death.
  • Badass Baritone: Speaks with a very deep voice, and is one of the greatest examples of Made of Iron in the entire franchise.
  • Blade on a Stick: His standard weapon is a pole arm.
  • The Brute: He is the biggest physical threat to Ezio during the game.
  • Cool Mask: Wears a mask that completely obscures his face.
  • Evil Laugh: His response to Ezio stabbing him? Laugh in his face and try to choke him.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: His deep voice serves to nail down just how unhinged he is.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: His desire for vengeance against the Ottomans twisted him into a man capable of just as many feats of brutality to his enemies.
  • Historical-Domain Character: The historical Shahkulu was the leader of a rebellion of the same name against the Ottomans that was crushed in 1511 under the command of Prince Ahmet, a year before he dies in-game. One imagines that he might've faked his death, seeing as how he is in league with Prince Ahmet.
  • Knuckle Cracking: He's seen doing this right before he gets to beating up one of the Ottoman spies.
  • Lightning Bruiser: He's wearing some heavy armor, yet still opts to nimbly dodge Ezio's attacks - continuously - rather than defend. Not to mention the fact that he has a lot more health than your average Mook. His armor is explicitly stated to be bullet proof.
  • I Have You Now, My Pretty: He tells one of his soldiers to bring a female spy they captured "to the chapel". Given what he does to his other prisoners, he likely had something frightful in mind for her.
  • Made of Iron: Even Ezio had a tough time killing him. He manages to survive being stabbed by the Hidden Blade, normally a one hit kill, twice. With the possible exception of Rogers from 4, Shahkulu is the toughest enemy any protagonist has had to face that is still strictly human.
  • Malevolent Masked Man: His mask, combined with his general attitude, make him one of the most disturbing Templars in the series.
  • No-Sell: A rather frightening and at the time unique example within the series. Being assassinated and then stabbed again, both times hard enough to send blood flying, just makes him laugh. Even Ezio is visibly shaken. He takes several more blows before finally going down in a regular fight.
  • No Kill Like Over Kill: He gets stabbed twice by Ezio, survives, and then finally goes down in a regular swordfight. Given his Made of Iron status, Ezio forces his foot down on his face, just to make sure.
  • Sadist: He really enjoys brutalizing the Ottoman prisoners he captures.
    Manuel: Ah! What the hell is that smell?
    Shahkulu: Apologies, Manuel. Some of these Ottoman prisoners are so... fragile.
  • Only One Name: Just "Shahkulu".
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Wants revenge on the Ottomans for oppressing his people, the Shia.

    Vali cel Tradat 

Vali cel Tradat

"Once your Creed was as vital to me as air and water... but when the Turks marched into Wallachia, and you Assassins did nothing to stop it, how could I continue to believe? If a man's philosophy does not let him protect his people, his home, and his family... what good can it do for the world?"

A Wallachian noble, Vali cel Tradat was a loyal Assassin for many years, until the Brotherhood made peace with the Ottomans, who had invaded his home and killed his idol, Vlad Tepes. He betrayed them and joined the Templars to seek revenge.

  • Anti-Villain: He is motivated by what he perceives as a betrayal by the Assassins in their support of the Ottomans conquest of his homeland.
  • Badass Cape: Wears a half-cape similar to Ezio's, being as they are both Assassin-trained.
  • Beard of Evil: Has a mustache and soul path combo and happens to be an Assassin turncoat.
  • Beat Them at Their Own Game: Aside from the similarity in attire, he now uses the techniques he once learned from the Assassins against them, which makes it difficult to find him... at first.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Formerly a loyal member of the Assassins, he felt betrayed after they made a truce with the Ottomans, who had humiliated his people, conquered Wallachia, his home country, and murdered his secret idol, Vlad Tepes. Understandably, the guy wasn't very pleased.
  • Fanboy: He idolized Count Vlad Tepes.
  • In the Hood: A remnant of his previous life as an Assassin.
  • It's Personal: Holds the Assassins responsible for the invasion of his homeland by the Assassins and the death of his idol.
  • Meaningful Name: The last part of his name (cel Tradat) means "the betrayed one", which fits the circumstances of his defection.
  • Professional Killer: Once for the Assassins, and now for the Templars.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Against the Assassins for the death of Vlad Tepes.
  • Villain Respect: He admires Ezio and his skills:
    Vali: You are a canny soldier, Ezio! But you alone are not enough to save this city.

    Georgios Kostas 

Georgios Kostas
Voiced by: ???

"Men feared me, even as they did my bidding... that is the mark of a true leader."

Hailing from Greece, Georgios Kostas participated in tournaments of strength in Thrace, surprising people with his desire for fame and brutality. This attracted the attention of the Templars, who subsequently hired him with promises of more money and fame.

  • An Axe to Grind: He wields a large battle axe.
  • Badass Beard: Has a large black beard and happens to be strong enough to give a Master Assassin a good fight.
  • Beard of Evil: Has a large black beard and happens to be a Templar.
  • Badass Cape: Wears a short cape, and happens to be a powerful warrior.
  • Bald of Evil: Has not a hair on his head, and happens to be a Templar.
  • The Brute: The Templars use him to intimidate and kill subversive citizens of Constantinople.
  • Carpet of Virility: He has a hairy chest, which he apparently likes to show off.
  • Death from Above: One of Ezio's apprentices air-assassinates him when Georgios takes a hostage.
  • Glory Seeker: Had a craving for global recognition, which is what eventually lead the Templars to him.

    Cyril of Rhodes 

Cyril of Rhodes
Voiced by: ???

"You are meddling in affairs far outside your understanding."

A disgraced member of the Eastern Orthodox Church, Cyril plots to kill the Patriarch of Constantinople in revenge for being publicly humiliated. He uses what authority he has left in the church to advance Templar goals.

  • Beard of Evil: He has a light black beard and is a Templar.
  • Body Double: In the first singleplayer mission tied to Cyril, Ezio needs to use his Eagle Sense to find his real target among three similar-looking individuals. When the player has identified what looks to be the correct target, the accompanying apprentice immediately assassinates him, though it quickly turns out to be the wrong man, which allows Cyril to escape the first time around.
  • Expy: He shares some characteristics with the Priest, Brother Ristoro, from Brotherhood, most noticeably the religious background and killing, or plotting to kill, those who know of their less savoury habits.
  • He Knows Too Much: The clergyman Ezio interrogates is killed by Cyril in the second part of the mission.
  • In the Hood: Is always seen wearing a red hood because he is nominally a cleric.
  • I Regret Nothing: The general sentiment that his Final Words evoke, and he states the trope verbatim in a mocking manner.
  • Sinister Minister: He's an evil former priest who used the church he belonged to gather power nurse personal grudges.

    Odai Dunqas 

Odai Dunqas
Voiced by: ???

"Wealth, power, ambition… such things I have seen in my short time on earth, and reveled in them. Such things are the wonders of man."

A cousin of the Sultan of the Sennar Sultanate of Sudan, Dunqas was driven from his homeland and became estranged from his family. Upon learning of the Templar philosophy, he whole-heartedly embraced the Order, naming himself "The Guardian of the Truth".

  • Blade on a Stick: He wields a spear.
  • The Exile: He was forced to flee his homeland and lost contact with his family.
  • Face Death with Dignity: He is rather calm about being killed by the Assassins, and even considers it an honor.
    Odai: You may believe you have ended my life, but the truth is, you have completed it. To perish in this age-old struggle is an honor befitting a king.
  • Fingerless Gloves: Made out of bandages and some leather gauntlets, but still counts.
  • Knife Nut: He has two daggers neatly tucked into the cloth that's wound around his midsection. He uses one of them to stab Theodorus Kommenos after discovering his betrayal.
  • Nice Hat: His turban.
  • Scary Black Man: He's black and also happens to be large and intimidating, traits which he uses to influence the merchants in districts controlled by the Assassins.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: He wears a simple vest that leaves his very well-chiseled chest and stomach open for view.
  • You Have Failed Me: Executes Theodorus for allowing Ezio and one of his apprentices to tail him to a meeting with Odai.


Voiced by: Ida Darvish

"What a bland world it will be if you Assassins get your way."

A wealthy Byzantine, Lysistrata lived a life of luxury and nonchalance. She was schooled in the arts by the Templars, and in exchange she would use her "seductive charisma" on Ottoman officials and visiting monarchs.

  • Doing It for the Art: In-Universe, this is apparently why she kills people. As if she were putting on a show. When Ezio assassinates her, she criticizes him for doing it in such a cold and non-artful manner.
  • Femme Fatale: Heavy on the 'fatale' part. The Assassins suspect she is behind the disappearance of several prominent men throughout the Ottoman Empire, and it is easy to tell how that happened.
  • Everything's Sparkly with Jewelry: Really, her targets ought to hear her coming from a mile away, with her wearing all that frippery.
  • Gorgeous Greek: She is an elegant Woman in White of Byzantine origin that uses her seductive charisma to lead her victims to their doom.
  • Knife Nut: Specializes in knives when it comes to murdering people.
  • Mad Artist: Considers killing a form of art and considers the Assassins "dull" for their methods and ideologies. Its no surprise that her codename in the Animus multiplayer also happens to be the "Thespian".
  • Stage Name: "Lysistrata" is not her actual name, but comes from a famous play by Aristophanes.
  • Smoke Out: How she escapes Ezio and his apprentice the first time around, thanks to a well-timed Smoke Bomb, complete with Offscreen Teleportation.
  • Too Dumb to Live: After the apprentice's failed assassination of her, Lysistrata goes into hiding, knowing another brush with the Assassins would probably end up fatal for her. However, her vanity gets the better of her, which causes her to participate in another play (she at least bothers to do so under another alias, but it doesn't fool the Assassins), making her a clean target for Ezio and the apprentice. Ezio lampshades this at the beginning of the mission by remarking how her "boldness" is actually lethal stupidity.

    Mirela Djuric 

Mirela Djuric
Voiced by: Ida Darvish

"I took what was owed me, in spite of oppression, of hatred, of ignorance. I lived my own way, for myself!"

A Romani who was an expert thief and fortune teller, she provided the Templars with a vital link to the underworld of Constantinople and was consequently shunned by her own people.

  • Cool Crown: She wears a fairly simple, golden circlet around her head. Apparently, she feels such distinction is "owed to her".
  • Does Not Like Shoes: She doesn't wear any kind of footwear and, presumably, she's paid enough to avoid Barefoot Poverty.
  • Don't You Dare Pity Me!: Her final words evoke this sentiment; because of her pride and self-reliance she doesn't want Ezio trying to be all "peaceful-last-rite"y with her.
  • I Regret Nothing: As she's dying, Mirela claims to regret nothing of what she's done. In her life as a Roma, she'd been the victim of oppression, of ignorance and of hatred. In retaliation, she simply took what she believed was owed to her.
  • Knife Nut: She wields a knife as her main weapon.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: She is assassinated through a dose of poison, her own preferred method of killing.
  • Master Poisoner: She uses poison to kill her opponents, and Ezio witnesses her murder another Romani who was confronting her and then pin the blame on the other Romani.
  • Romani: She is a member of the Constantinople Romani community, but is disliked by the other Romani for her allegiance with the Templars and thieving ways.
  • Stop Being Stereotypical: At least part of the reason she's disliked by other Romani is that her backstabbing and thievery ties directly into the negative stereotypes used to persecute the Romani.
  • The Trickster: She uses the conman's playbook to steal money and ruin lives. For this reason, she is both called by this trope by other Romani and it serves as her code name.

    Damat Ali Pasha 

Damat Ali Pasha
Voiced by: ???

"You Assassins are a plague on the hope of humanity, putting down every edifice of progress we manage to build up."

Initially a loyal servant of Sultan Bayezid II, Damat Ali Pasha turned to the Templar Order after the Sultan's ambition to conquer the world subsided. He sought to deliver the people into the arms of his order, so that order and glory could be brought to a world of chaos.

  • Affably Evil: During the first singleplayer mission centering around the vizier, Damat Ali Pasha sounds genuinely grateful and enthusiastic (suspiciously so) when Ezio returns the stolen documents to him. Though by the time the second part rolls around, he's obviously not as friendly.
  • Beard of Evil: He has a small black beard; clearly "evil hair".
  • The Mole: Him being "robbed" by a Templar agent was simply a cover for him to pass documents onto his fellow Templars.

Alternative Title(s): Assassins Creed II The Templars


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