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Page for the American Revolutionary characters in Assassin's Creed III and Assassin's Creed III: Liberation.

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     George Washington 

George Washington

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Also Appears in: Assassin's Creed: Rogue

General of the Continental Army and eventually the colonies' first Commander-in-Chief. Connor helps Washington win several battles during the Revolutionary War.


  • Badass Cape: Wears a cape.
  • Badass Longcoat: Wears a longcoat.
  • Big Brother Worship: To his elder brother Lawrence Washington, who unbeknownst to him was secretly a Templar.
  • Big Good: Functions as this for the Revolutionaries.
  • Broken Pedestal: Connor loses faith in him after learning about how he ordered attacks on Connor's people since they were supporting the British.
  • The Dragon:
    • Effectively during Haytham's sequences, for Braddock, considering that Haytham's a Templar.
    • Thereafter, Connor abandons Washington after Monmouthnote , he's audibly angry when Washington calls upon him again to investigate West Point — and pointedly orders Washington to never call upon him again — and when they meet after the war, upon Washington's declared intent to leave the task of the country's foundation to others while he retires, Connor gets one last jab in that for what Washington's done, he doesn't deserve to get to rest.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Makes a brief appearance in Sequence 3 as one of Braddock's officers, but doesn't enter the big picture until much later.
  • Four-Star Badass: General after all.
  • General Failure: How Charles Lee and the Templars regard him, with the former noting that Washington never really commanded or won a single battle on his own and became Commander-in-Chief over more experienced and deserving officers, namely himself.
  • Go-Karting with Bowser: After beating the main storyline, Conner can play Bocce with Washington despite calling him out for wanting to retire peacefully.
  • Good Is Not Soft: He may be a Magnetic Hero and a staunch supporter of America as a republic, but he still does some ruthless things for the sake of winning the war.
  • Historical Hero Upgrade: Averted. While Washington is shown to be a fairly decent leader and does become Connor's friend, the game doesn't shy away from showing Washington's less-appealing traits.
    • Though the game does its best to hide some of them. Washington in the game is rather staid and placid, while in real life his dominant traits outside of social situations were impatience and mild condescension towards his peers (which was a suitable attitude for someone of his standing). He also had a rather quick temper which was noted by Thomas Jefferson, he did not suffer fools gladly and would certainly not have let Haytham or Connor give him lip like they do in the game.
    • One omission that stands out is his lack of ambition. One of Washington's most notable traits, and one that is fairly well-known, was the fact that he made it a rule to hide his intense ambitions beneath a veneer of humility and politeness (very nonstandard amongst British-style educated elites for that fact that he bothered to hide anything at all), and that he did in fact crave a certain amount of power (which, granted, tapered off severely by the time his presidency was over). In the main game his purity and humility is Flanderized, although the DLC The Tyranny of King Washington plays with this one. While the alternate history Washington is The Caligula, after witnessing the same vision as Connor, the real Washington begs Connor to dispose of the Apple, and is even more determined to not become a tyrant. The ending has him sternly reject the suggestions of a voice that he should crown himself king, only to look up and realize that the room was empty of anyone except himself.
  • Humble Hero:
    • In keeping with history. He actually did say, paraphrased, "I'm not worthy of this command," to the Continental Congress. Whether this was humility or honest self-appraisal is left to the viewer.
    • In the epilogue, Connor can have a chat with Washington, who wishes to retire to his farm and let others take care of the nation... but Connor interprets it differently:
    Connor: All that death and sacrifice, and you mean to leave the important tasks to "better men" while you play games?... I might have expected it.
    Washington: Connor—
    Connor: Whether you think you are capable or worthy of the task, after the things you have done to ensure this outcome, you should not have the luxury of peace.
  • Historical Villain Upgrade: It noticeably overlooks his personal feelings about the Natives fighting alongside the Colonists and the entire crux of The Reveal is that he masterminded the raid that claimed Connor's mom and briefly his village in 1760. In our history, Washington had been retired from any military service for over a year by then. It is still far more realistic and subtle than a lot of his Historical Hero Upgrade-esque treatments.
  • The Leader: Commander-in-Chief of the Revolutionaries.
  • Nice Hat: A tricorn.
  • The Paragon: Haytham Kenway in Assassin's Creed: Forsaken admits that the real reason Washington was in charge was that the Continental Congress believed he was more American or at least less English than Lee. He had the looks and charisma to embody the revolution which balanced his more ambiguous field record as a general.
  • Rebuilt Pedestal: If nothing else, Connor is reassured that George won't become a tyrannical king after the events of the DLC and was sincere about America being a republic.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Is on the receiving end of this when Connor learns that he ordered attacks on Connor's people since they were supporting the British, something that Washington actually did in Real Life.
  • What You Are in the Dark: The ending of the DLC has him emphatically rejecting the notion of him becoming a king offered by a man who suddenly disappears while Washington isn't finished talking.
    George Washington: "Your proposal raises the greatest mischief that can befall my country. You could not have found a person to whom your schemes are more disagreeable. Let me conjure you then, if you have any regard for your country, concern for your self or posterity, or respect for me, to banish these thoughts from your mind, never communicate, as from yourself, or anyone else, a sentiment of the like nature."
  • You Killed My Father: Mother, anyway. After finding out Washington ordered the attack on his village that killed his mother, Connor becomes frigid towards him. Becomes a bit of Artistic License – History when you realize in real life, by the time Connor's village was burned, Washington had been retired from the military and living in Virginia for three years.

King Washington

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Washington is the Big Bad of the DLC "The Tyranny of King Washington". Having found a Piece of Eden, Washington goes mad with power and declares himself king of the United States, forgetting everything he fought for and turning the United States into a hellhole.


  • Cool Crown: It has a bald eagle in its center.
  • Evil Is Hammy: As opposed to the normal George Washington, this Washington is prone to loud crazy speeches about how he is good for America.
  • Evil Overlord: Becomes one in The Tyranny of King Washington.
  • Evil Former Friend: To Connor. Even though in the main continuity their relationship ends poorly, Connor states that the Washington he knew would never condone senseless violence, being a man of reason at the very least.
  • Historical Villain Upgrade: Averted, since this is all explicitly a What If? scenario and thus not what actually happened in "real" history.
  • Hopeless Boss Fight: Connor tries to fight him when the Bluecoats attack his village. Aided by the Apple and Staff, Washington easily defeats Connor.
  • Make Sure He's Dead: Washington stuns Connor with the Apple, shoots him with two flintlocks pistols, bayonets him and then shoots him with the musket. Of course, because Connor is Connor, this only puts him down for five months, but you can't fault George for a lack of effort.
  • Obliviously Evil: He seems to have legitimately little to no idea that what he's doing is wrong. In between unhinged bouts of despotism and Axe-Crazy behavior, he still invokes the tenets of freedom and liberty not just as political rhetoric but as genuine belief, and will speak of being "King over a free world" without irony. Of course, being exposed to the Apple probably helped cause this.
  • Slouch of Villainy: Does this in the promotional artwork, and eventually in the third episode. He even dies slouching in his throne.
  • Take Over the World: His main plan is to build ships and Take Over England and then the world in the name of Freedom and Liberty.
  • Tyrant Takes the Helm: He rules the United States.
  • With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: He is driven mad by an Apple of Eden.
  • You Killed My Father: Washington kills Connor's mother with the Apple.
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     Benjamin Franklin 

Benjamin Franklin

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Voiced By: Jim Ward
Also Appears in: Assassin's Creed: Rogue

"Under! Why under? It should be side-by-side. Does France reside beneath Britain? Do the Italians? The Prussians? The Spanish? No. Sure they may disagree from time to time, even come to blows, but they stand on equal ground, and we should as well."

A leading author, printer, political theorist, politician, postmaster, scientist, musician, inventor, satirist, civic activist, statesman, and diplomat who became one of the Founding Fathers of the United States.


  • All of the Other Reindeer: When Haytham first meets him in the 1750s, Franklin has become this because of a political cartoon he published, arguing for the colonies to unite and fight the French. He thanks Haytham for speaking to him because, as he says, "I have very few friends in Boston these days."
  • The Atoner: Becomes this in The Tyranny of King Washington after switching sides.
  • Cool Old Guy: Even Haytham genuinely likes him and shares a good few laughs with him.
  • Dirty Old Man: He boasts quite a bit about the number of women, both young and old, he has slept with.
  • Gentleman and a Scholar
  • Likes Older Women: He even does a treatise on the benefits of taking an older woman as one's lover.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: He's done work for both the Templars and the Assassins, with both sides appearing to have an unspoken agreement he is to remain unaware of their greater conflict.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Says this word-for-word in The Tyranny of King Washington when he is freed of the Apple's influence.
  • Nice Guy: In keeping with his general historical reputation.
  • Nothing Is the Same Anymore: How he feels about Colonial America during the Seven Years' War, it's not really English anymore:
    Haytham: Are the Colonies not simply an extension of the Kingdom though? Another borough, if you will?
    Franklin: No, we are not. We've evolved into something else, something distinct."''
  • Really Gets Around: According to him, he has "sampled many women".
  • Unwitting Pawn: To both the Assassins and the Templars. In Rogue, it's shown that both factions hire him as a weapons designer despite the fact that he evidently has no idea about who any of them are.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: He is the one who gets Shay Cormac into the Palace of Versailles, thinking he's helping Shay meet a business associate. Thanks to him the events of Assassin's Creed: Unity occur, and, because of Shay, Franklin is partially responsible for the French Revolution.

     Samuel Adams 

Samuel Adams

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Voiced By: Mark Lindsay Chapman

"Men's minds are not so easily turned. It is a tragedy that for all our progress, still we cling to such barbarism."

A key ally of the Assassins, Adams was one of the leading revolutionaries in Boston. He introduced Connor to many other important patriots and assisted him in finding information on Templar activities.


  • Guile Hero: Generally a good fellow, but not above using propaganda and other "theater tricks" to sway opinion his way. Connor initially expresses a certain discomfort with relying on dishonesty and bribery, but Sam quickly tells him that it was either that or be hanged for a crime he didn't commit.
  • Hypocrite: Connor calls him out for claiming to fight against injustice while owning a slave. Sam insists that Surry is a free women, even if other people do not view her as such, and defends his lack of protest against slavery by telling Connor that the colonies must first be free from British tyranny before they can focus on other issues. Connor doesn't really buy that excuse:
    Connor: You offer excuses instead of solutions. All people should be equal and not in turns.
    Sam: It's in turns or not at all. We must compromise Connor however painful that may be. Try and solve all the world's problems at the same time you'll wind up solving none at all.
  • La Résistance: As a leading member of the Sons of Liberty, Sam helped direct the first subversive actions against the British in Boston, and later plays a key role in directing the war as a member of the Continental Congress.
  • Mr. Exposition: He informs Connor about how to lower his notoriety by removing posters and bribing town criers and printers.
  • Nice Guy: Is very friendly with Connor and the first to break through Connor's Hates Being Touched stance.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: He uses his connections and position in the Revolution to aid Connor and the Assassins fight against the Templars, and even supports Connor's desire to assassinate Charles Lee, although he warns him that will require time and patience.
  • Silly Rabbit, Idealism Is for Kids!: A lot of his conversations with Connor boil down to this. When they first met, Connor was disturbed by Sam's easy manipulation of public opinion for his benefit and criticized him for it.
    Sam: I was much the same at your age. You'll grow out of it in time.
    Connor: And if I do not? If I refuse?
    Sam: Then you'll likely wind up dead.

Alternate timeline:

  • Character Death: Brutally pistol-whipped to death by Putnam as part of an ambush in the second episode of The Tyranny of King Washington DLC.
  • La Résistance: In The Tyranny of King Washington, Sam Adams is the leader of the rebellion against King Washington.

     Paul Revere 

Paul Revere

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Voiced By: Bruce Dinsmore

"Look, sanctions and demonstrations won't suffice, Sam. We need to ACT. And I'm talking about more than a sternly worded letter."

A silversmith and leading figure in the Sons of Liberty, he assists Connor several times.


  • Adorkable: He's just so animated and enthusiastic...
  • No Indoor Voice: Well, he has an indoor voice, but he projects his instructions rather loudly for someone sharing the same horse.
    • He also speaks quite loudly for delivering instruction to revolutionaries when the people they're revolting against are patrolling the immediate area.
    • There's really no explanation for the latter, but the former could be considered justified since they should be going at a full gallop. It would be harder to hear over the sound of the horse's hoofbeats.
  • Welcome to Corneria
    EXCELLENT! WE ARE RIGHT ON COURSE!
    THIS WAY, CONNOR!

     Israel Putnam 

Israel Putnam

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Voiced By: Andreas Apergis

A general in the Continental Army, he becomes a key ally to Connor.


  • Badass Boast: At the Battle of Bunker Hill, he mentions that he killed the last wolf in Connecticut, escaped capture by the Caughnawaga Mohawk, and survived a shipwreck in the Battle of Havana. These events really happened, though Putnam exaggerates his role in them.
  • Big Damn Heroes: After Connor escapes execution and assassinates Thomas Hickey, Putnam arrives to stop the guards from killing Connor and proclaims him to be a hero of the Revolution.
  • Cigar Chomper: Is rarely seen without a cigar in his mouth, and matches the typical personality as well. It's said in the database that he may in fact be the Ur-Example of the Cigar Chomper, having picked up the habit in Havana and introduced the coolness of cigars to the Colonies.
  • The Cynic: Views Connor's intended courses of action at the Battle of Bunker Hill as suicidal.
  • Four-Star Badass: A general.
  • Knight In Sour Armor: Heroic and cynic.
  • Rousing Speech: At least Connor thinks so. Israel just views it as motivational garbage.
  • See the Whites of Their Eyes: Delivers the iconic line during his Rousing Speech.

Alternate Timeline

  • Ax-Crazy: Is noticeably unstable in The Tyranny of King Washington. Especially noticeable in his Pistol-Whipping of Samuel Adams, which ended with him beating the man's head repeatedly on the ground despite him being dead.
  • Bad Boss: Treats his troops rather poorly in The Tyranny of King Washington. He even gutted a man for having dirt in his musket.
  • Dying as Yourself: He is sorry for his crimes, but also admits that the Apple just brought out the evil already inside him.
  • The Dragon: To King Washington.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: In The Tyranny of King Washington DLC.

     James Barrett 

James Barrett

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A Colonel in the Continental Army, he leads the defense of Concord.


  • Colonel Badass
  • Jerkass: When Connor arrives at the Battle of Concord, he treats him like the greenest combatant this side of the Atlantic, even though two other officers vouch for him.
  • War Is Hell: Expresses this in his sombre post-battle talk with Connor.
    Colonel James Barrett: Chin up, friend. Many who should've died today now live because of you.
    Connor: And what of them? [Indicating battlefield strewn with dead bodies]
    Colonel James Barrett: We did the best we can with what we've got.
    Connor: It is not enough.
    Colonel James Barrett: Hm. It never is.
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     Benjamin Tallmadge, Jr. 

Benjamin Tallmadge, Jr.

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Voiced By: ???

"My father was an Assassin. Quite good at his job, too, as I understand it. But... I hope to have children some day. It's hard to live in two worlds at the same time. So I choose to live in one."

The head of Intelligence for the Continental Army, Tallmadge was the son of an Assassin and maintained close ties to the Brotherhood, although he did not join because he wished to have a family one day and believed he could not do both.


    Marquis de La Fayette 

Marie-Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de La Fayette

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Voiced By: Vince Corazza

A French aristocrat who joined the American Revolution, he becomes a friend of Connor and an ally of the Assassins.


  • Culture Clash: Averted. He fits in very well with America despite its differences with France:
    Lafayette: On the outside the colonies are dirty and dangerous, unforgiving and uncivilized. But on the inside they GLOW. And that is why I am here. To learn. I want to return home able to touch France's black heart and make it glow once more.
  • Four-Star Badass: A general.
  • Jumped at the Call: Was so excited about joining the Revolution that he crossed a British blockade by dressing as a woman on a ship.
  • Nice Guy: He and Connor get along extremely well, even after Connor has a falling out with Washington.
  • No Name Given: Oddly, he has ample speaking screentime but is never identified by name and his codex entry doesn't have a picture to connect the character.
  • Number Two: To Washington.
  • Overly Long Name: Marie-Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de La Fayette.
    Shaun: Close friends probably just called him "MJ".
  • Rousing Speech: Connor finds him giving one during the Battle of Monmouth:
    Lafayette: We must hold this position for as long as it takes! If the enemy is allowed to push through, we will lose what precious little ground we've gained. The sacrifices your brothers have made today must not have been in vain! Now go! Bring the fight to our enemy! Make them rue the day they marched upon us!

    Admiral de Grasse 

Admiral de Grasse

"A promise is a promise - even when made to a lunatique."

Comte de Grasse is an Admiral of the French Royal Fleet which engaged the British in the decisive Battle of the Chesapeake Bay.


  • Big Damn Heroes: His intervention along with Lafayette was this in the American revolution, their defeat of the English at Chesapeake Bay alongside the near-simultaneous battle of Yorktown secured victory for the Patriots.
  • The Captain: He's an Admiral of the French Fleet.
  • Deadpan Snarker: He takes one look at Connor and sighs:
    Admiral: Lafayette promised me a fleet beyond compare, and a captain without peer! Instead I find myself greeted by one old ship and a boy in costume!
    Connor: I promise we are all you need, Admiral.
    Admiral: I doubt this very much. But beggars do not choose, hmm?
  • Four-Star Badass
  • Overly Long Name: François-Joseph Paul, Marquis de Grasse Tilly, Comte de Grasse.
  • Underestimating Badassery: Like most people, he doesn't think much of Connor on account of his youth, his eagerness and his Naïve Newcomer exuberance. After the Battle, he's less disdainful though still wary of praising him:
    de Grasse: They say you took down the man-of-war all alone. Perhaps Lafayette did not exaggerate when he spoke of your abilities.

    Thomas Jefferson 

Thomas Jefferson

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Appears only in The Tyranny of King Washington DLC.

One of the authors of the Declaration of Independence, and a future President of America. He appears in the DLC, The Tyranny of King Washington.


  • Advertised Extra: Developers stated in promotional material that Thomas Jefferson would appear in the main game but he never made an appearance. He finally appears in the third part of the Alternate Universe DLC.
  • Big Good: For the Resistance against King Washington.
  • Historical Badass Upgrade: Connor meets him when he is the middle of a street fight against King Washington's troops, wielding a flintlock, when the real-life Jefferson's main talents were as a politician and diplomat.
  • La Résistance: He's the leader of this faction in New York, with Samuel Adams as his ally in Boston.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: When Connor briefly suggests that the people would need a new leader after taking down King Washington, Jefferson coldly reminds him what he's fighting for.
  • We Used to Be Friends: He and Washington in the Alternate Universe.

     Benedict Arnold 

Benedict Arnold

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Voiced By: Paul Hopkins

Only appearing in PS3/PC DLC, Connor encounters Arnold on a begrudgingly-accepted mission to root out a traitor at West Point.


  • Brainwashed and Crazy: In The Tyranny of King Washington the Apple of Eden compelled him to be loyal to King Washington.
    • Dying as Yourself: After Connor mortally wounds him, Arnold begs him to stop Washington.
  • The Ghost: Some of the missions Connor's recruits can go on mention him before he turns traitor (one mission even involves sending him aid), while some mention him after.
  • Hazy Feel Turn: Betrays the Colonials and attempts to sell out West Point to the British. To the Colonials, this is a full Face–Heel Turn, but given how strained Connor's relationship with Washington is at this point, he views it as karma for Washington's past actions.
  • Historical Villain Upgrade: Notably averted. While somewhat of a Jerkass, he isn't displayed as a member of the Templars and reactions to the betrayal are more about PR than morality, Connor even treating it as a Take That! to Washington.
    • If anything, this might constitute a Historical Villain Downgrade given that his (significant!) pre-defection corruption, generally loose morals, and legitimately petty reasons for joining the Crown are not covered; it even goes so far as to have him beg Connor to stop King Washington's inhumane rampages in the noncanon Downloadable content.
  • Jerkass: He's somewhat curt to Connor; understandable, given that A) Connor's being a Spanner in the Works for his plans, and B) he's trying to keep Connor distracted long enough for his designs to unfold.
  • Karma Houdini: Manages to get away in the confusion, and Connor couldn't care less. Although he is the first assassination target in the Tyranny of King Washington DLC. Connor makes reference to Arnold's escape at West Point, which suitably confuses him due to the DLC being set in an alternate continuity that Connor is thrown into. This also confuses Xbox players who had no idea why Connor hated him.
  • Nice Hat: Wears one.
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