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Character page for the Templars in Assassin's Creed III and Assassin's Creed III: Liberation.

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British Colonial / United States Templars

    Haytham Kenway 

Haytham Kenway

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Voiced By: Adrian Hough

"You oppose tyranny. Injustice. These are just symptoms. Their true cause is human weakness. Why do you think I keep on trying to show you the error of your way?"

The father of Connor, Haytham traveled to the American colonies with the key to the Central Vault in the hopes of relieving it of its contents. He is the playable ancestor for Sequences 1, 2, and 3. The end of the latter reveals him to be a Templar.


  • Affably Evil: He seems genuinely sorry about the assassination in the opera house. Or perhaps he's merely being polite in a Nothing Personal sort of way.
  • Amazon Chaser: Is this to Ziio, who's quite badass in her own right.
  • Anti-Villain: Type III, like most Templars. His backstory, revealed in the novelization of III, makes him a lot more sympathetic as well.
  • Archnemesis Dad: He's Connor's father, but also his enemy since he and Connor are on opposing sides.
    • Downplayed with his own father. While Haytham isn't really proud of Edward's achievements as an Assassin, he admits that he had fond memories of their time together.
  • Apologetic Attacker: Apologizes before killing his target in the opera house.
  • Aura Vision: Like other protagonists in the series, Haytham has Eagle Vision. And rarely, he's the first confirmed Templar to have this.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: The Grandmaster of the American branch of the Templars. Also a competent fighter proficient in fistfighting, fencing, the use of pistols and muskets, and hidden blades.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: On several occasions (the opera at the very start or the first mission with Hickey, for instance) he takes one look at a hostile area and formulates a route or plan to go right through it. Though that's because of the Aura Vision which all First Civilization DNA carriers have.
  • Awkward Father-Son Bonding Activity: The brief Enemy Mine between Connor and Haytham when they are hunting down Church is treated this way, with Haytham admitting to Connor that the only reason he spared him was "Curiosity".
    • Averted with his own father, Edward. As an adult, while Haytham isn't really proud of Edward, he admits that he had fond memories of their time together when he was a child.
  • Backseat Driver: Or in this case, Backseat Helmsman. Haytham, unlike his father and his son, cannot sail a boat but that doesn't stop him from recklessly interfering and giving orders to experienced sailors like Captain Smythe, Shay and later Connor, when the two of them are sailing the Cool Ship Aquila. Haytham's abysmal lack of naval skills is emphasized at the start of the game when the ship he is on is caught in a storm and he offers his help to the ship's captain.
    Haytham: Why? Let me help you secure the ship.
    • Haytham then forces Smythe at Blade-point to sail into a storm and nearly gets the ship sunk. He also dismisses Connor's skills as a captain, despite Robert Faulkner vouchsafing for his skills ("Well, the bar's not been set very high now, has it?").
  • Back-to-Back Badasses: With Charles Lee and the Templars in the past, and later "Ziio" and later with Connor in quite a few memories.
  • Badass Cape: Wears one.
  • Because I Said So: His excuse for bossing Connor around. Though its Played for Laughs and treated as a weird Father and Son moment.
  • Berserk Button: Insulting him results in a warning via death threat or a straight up beat down if you are of no use to him. Betraying the Templar Order is also this as Braddock and Church found out. Both cases still manifest as Tranquil Fury though... though in Church's case the fury was a bit less tranquil than usual.
  • Blade Below the Shoulder: Dual wields Hidden Blades.
  • Big Bad: Grand Master of the Colonial Templars.
  • Black Sheep: Of the Kenway family, since his father and his son are Assassins. Also, among all of Desmond's ancestors he along with Maria Thorpe are the only known Templars, and unlike Maria (who married Altaïr) he never turned his back on the Templar cause, making him a straight example.
    • In Rogue, Adewale outright calls him a family disgrace telling him that he isn't half the man Edward was and that the latter would be ashamed of him. Haytham replies coolly, that he never knew his father to have any sense of integrity or honor.
  • Break the Cutie: Haytham Used to Be a Sweet Kid as seen at the end of Assassin's Creed IV : Black Flag and as revealed in Forsaken, life really clamps down hard on him to the point that he wants to invoke this deliberately with Connor, trying to shatter his ideals the way it happened to him.
  • Breakout Character: The first Templar to be nearly as popular as the Assassin heroes.
  • Broken Pedestal: How he feels when he confronts Reginald Birch, the man who killed his father, made his sister a Sex Slave and manipulated him into becoming a Templar, and ultimately towards his father, Edward, as well. Both are men he thoroughly detests.
    • In Forsaken, he also appears to feel this way about George Washington, at first admiring Washington for standing up to Braddock's brutality during the French and Indian War. However, when he learns that Washington ordered Ziio's and Connor's village burned down, his feelings toward Washington change.
    Haytham: Instantly I had a fierce, bittersweet sense of consolation that at least it should be Washington, who clearly had a conscience and was nothing like the general, who was to end my life, and I closed my eyes, ready to accept death.
  • The Brute: While critical of other Templars like Braddock for needless brutality, Hayhtam's fighting style, his tendency to invoke You Have Outlived Your Usefulness to political prisoners and informers betrays a considerable mean streak. This is especially apparent in his No-Holds-Barred Beatdown of Benjamin Church. The biggest example is in Rogue where Shay successfully argues for Achilles' mercy. Haytham agrees but decides to kneecap Achilles out of spite.
  • Blunt "Yes": Gives this answer to Connor when the latter asks if they were just going to attack the Redcoats and beat the answers out of them.
  • The Cameo: Makes one at the end of Black Flag as Edward takes him and Jenny to see the Beggar's Opera.
  • Conflicting Loyalty: Haytham's commitment to the Templar cause, comes at the cost of his relationship with the woman he loves and his son.
  • Climax Boss: He's the final major opponent fought by Connor (Charles Lee goes down without a fight one chapter later), and is perhaps the best enemy swordsman in the game.
  • Deadpan Snarker: His father/son moments with Connor are pretty much the Crowning Moment of Snarky on his behalf.
  • Death Equals Redemption: Averted. He remains loyal to his Templar ideals until the very end and openly mocks this trope in his final speech.
  • Decomposite Character: Haytham and the game's Charles Lee are both ones for the real life Charles Lee. The Templar Lee has the general's uncouth reputation, quick temper and coarseness, while Haytham has a somewhat greater visual and biographical consistency with the original Lee.
  • Decoy Protagonist: For the first three sequences of III.
  • Defiant to the End: Even in his dying throes, he refuses to say the Templars were wrong.
  • The Determinator : His commitment to the Templar cause is pure and absolute. Neither the facts that he was manipulated into the Templar cause, that his own father was murdered by his Evil Mentor, and his sister Made a Slave by the same man, nor the fact that his son is an Assassin will make him question or change his mind, leave alone quit or abandon his cause. Haytham is The Determinator who becomes the fanatic.
  • Disappeared Dad: His father was murdered before him as a young man. He becomes one for Connor when his relationship with Ziio goes sour, unknowingly leaving her Someone to Remember Him By.
  • The Dreaded: Miko describes Haytham as Reginald Birch's best agent in one of the War Letters, and tells Achilles that he fears him outright.
  • Enemy Mine: He works with Connor to take down Benjamin Church, who stole important resources from the Templars.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: While he never publicly admits he actually loved her (although his journal is a bit more talkative), he's noticeably saddened when he learns of Ziio's death, and he specifically protests Connor's voiced belief that he ordered the attack on the village, specifically saying that he told Charles Lee to spare it.
  • Evil Brit: Sort of, considering he is a Templar. In his case, it usually manifests by killing you off without as much of a thought, but in a very polite way. The Developers even admitted that he's kind of a Colonial-era James Bond.
  • Even Evil Has Standards:
  • Evil Mentor: Appears to be trying to do this with Connor, corrupting him away from his goals and turning him to a Templar worldview.
  • Face Death with Dignity: He doesn't beg or weep after Connor manages a fatal blow.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Shaun's database entry in III suggested this at first. Subverted, as Assassin's Creed: Forsaken reveals he was never an Assassin. His father had trained him in the hopes of being one but felt he was too young at the time to know the full details of the Creed, similar to Giovanni Auditore hiding it from young Ezio in Assassin's Creed II. He was then successfully indoctrinated by Reginald Birch into the cause of the Templars after his father's death, never knowing his father was an Assassin until years later.
    • He acquires his Hidden Blades as a Battle Trophy from the Assassin Miko, the same man he kills in the game's first mission.
    • As an adult, Haytham does acknowledge a dual identity as being part Assassin and part Templar and tries to reconcile it, but eventually he chooses the Templars and never goes back.
  • The Fettered: Despite his interrogative tendencies, he disapproves of unfettered behaviour like murdering innocents, enslaving potential allies, and focusing on objectives he's put off for later.
  • Fond Memories That Could Have Been: Defied. He tells Connor in his death speech that he's not going to bother wondering what could've been between them as father and son had they not been on opposite sides.
  • Freudian Excuse: Oliver Bowden's tie-in novel Forsaken, considered canon by writer Darby McDevitt provides one for Haytham, showing the circumstances that made him into a Templar.
  • Futureshadowing: To some extent, his final Motive Rant to Connor about the American Revolution is that at the end of the conflict, the people will not be united and would eventually turn to war again.
    "These men are united now by a common cause. But when this battle is finished they will fall to fighting amongst themselves about how best to ensure control. In time it will lead to war."
  • Generation Xerox: Invoked. While Haytham and Connor could never see eye-to-eye due to their opposing alignments (resulting in his death at Connor's hands), Haytham at least wanted his son to know the truth of his life and consequently had his journal given to Connor postmortem. In his final journal entry, Haytham notes that similar to how his father never lied to him, he wanted to do the same to Connor.
    "I hope that Connor, my own son, will read this journal, and perhaps, when he knows a little about my own journey through life, understand me, maybe even forgive me. My own path was paved with lies, my mistrust forged from treachery. But my own father never lied to me and, with this journal, I preserve that custom."
  • Good Old Fisticuffs: He prefers to brutalize his foes with just his bare hands on occasion (at which point your weapons are locked out).
  • Hypocrite: Scolds Braddock for killing innocents, despite orchestrating the Boston Massacre and executing helpless prisoners of war later on himself.
  • I Regret Nothing: He was fully committed to the Templar cause all the way.
  • Imperturbable Englishman: For the most part, he's cool, calm, witty and badass — a James Bond figure in a mid-1700's setting. Also a notable contrast to his Hot-Blooded father Edward and his highly sensitive son, Connor; as the tight-laced, straight-edge Templar Black Sheep of an Assassin family, he'd have to be in control to uphold the cause he adopts. On top of all that, in the German version he's voiced by the same voice actor who dubbed Daniel Craig in the James Bond movies.
  • Impromptu Tracheotomy: Connor kills him by stabbing him in the neck with his Hidden Blade.
  • Incompletely Trained: He only received some Assassin training as a boy, so he can't replicate the feats achieved by his relatives.
  • Intro-Only Point of View: Only in Sequences 1, 2, and 3 of III.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: Haytham has many noble qualities but he's also a bit of a class snobnote  — by all accounts seemingly ignorant of how his family came to be in such class in the first place! — and all his Pet the Dog moments are highly qualified and calculated for his own agenda and not because it's unforgivable to him on a personal sense. In the end, the Templar cause matters more to him than his own family, his love for Ziio and even his interest in his son who he finally decides to kill, only for said son to kill him in self-defense.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Unlike other Templar leaders we know from across the series, Haytham actually stands for defensible beliefs. He notes that the Assassin's ignorance of context creates more violence than it's worth and longs for a time when the Assassins sought "peace" (an echo of "peace in all things" in Assassin's Creed I), which he called a more defensible goalnote . He also voices legitimate doubts about George Washington's skills as a field general and makes the argument that the Continental Congress is the voice of plutocrats rather than the people... an argument voiced by many left-wing and liberal historians in the 20th Century. These arguments seemingly turn the Assassin/Templar battle from good vs. evil to a true clash of equally valid standpoints.
    • That said, Haytham blindly persists in defending Charles Lee despite his numerous visible failings and never truly clarifies his intentions to Connor, leading to a literal case of Poor Communication Kills. Moreover, if Lee had military skill over Washington but would be worse as a figurehead-advocate, then one might wonder why Haytham seemingly never decided to simply be that figurehead-advocate (with Lee making the tactical plans) instead...
    • Furthermore his dismissal of the Assassins as following the whims of an old man are hypocritical when you read Forsaken and realize that he became a Templar largely because he was brainwashed by Reginald Birch who he looked to as a father, yet eventually willingly chose the Templar cause despite learning the truth.
    • Finally, for all of his mockery of the Continental Congress as the voice of plutocrats, instead of trying to better decentralize control of America to "the people" he's flat-out vying to install his own man atop the new country and thereby become The Man Behind the Man...
  • Kick the Dog: Kneecaps Achilles at the end of Rogue solely out of spite. Also keeps killing prisoners of war even when they have surrendered and it's implied that under him, Fort George in New York has become a private torture chamber.
  • Knight Templar: Goes without saying.
  • Lamarck Was Right: While Edward did train him in swordsmanship as a child, Haytham also managed to pick up his climbing abilities, though he lacks the ability to leap across trees like his father and son.
  • Large Ham: Most of the time he's not, but becomes this when beating up Benjamin Church.
  • Le Parkour: Has this ability but he cannot run trees like his father and his son, and can definitely not climb rocks like Connor and Kaniehtí:io, for the reason that he's an outsider in the American landscape and his climbing skills were honed in European (presumably urban) locales.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Very strong with a brute force fighting style but just as agile as an Assassin.
  • Meaningful Name: Haytham is apparently an Arabic name meaning "Young Eagle", which would certain fit in with the Theme Naming of previous protagonists Altaïr and Ezio.
  • The Mentor: Serves as this for Charles Lee and the Colonial Templars as a whole.
  • Mighty Whitey: The early portions of III has Haytham in a similar role or at least in a subversion of the same. Haytham liberates Native American slaves, woos the beautiful Indian maiden of a Mohawk tribe and even fights alongside them during the French and Indian War, dooming the Braddock Expedition. However, despite this, he has none of the tree-running and rock-climbing skills of the Native Americans and later alienates them when Ziio understands that as a Templar he was actually using her to get into the Great Temple, which understandably she misinterprets an attempt to take over their sacred land.
  • Motive Decay:
    • Haytham with some justice accuses the Assassins of this, noting that they formerly argued for peace in all thingsnote  but later defaulted to simply whittling away the Templars to the exclusion of a wider role in society. However, while Connor agrees with this and mulls over a Templar-Assassin Enemy Mine, Haytham merely wants to indoctrinate his son into the Order.
    • His own motive keeps decaying as well, as noted in Assassin's Creed: Forsaken. He initially wanted to avenge his father's murder and rise in the Templar order, and then considers uniting the Assassin and the Templars upon discovering his father was an Assassin. The revelation that Reginald Birch was the man behind his father's death unleashed a Roaring Rampage of Revenge, but even after that he remained a Templar and became more bitter and violent in his old age. As a Grand Master, he works as a behind the scenes Shadow Dictator with vague goals, never explained further beyond a belief that Charles Lee should be in charge, even if Haytham admits notes the latter has no political skills and less tact — suggesting that Haytham intended to be The Man Behind the Man. He becomes a pure Templar fanatic in the end, rather than the more thoughtful young man earlier in the game and the book.
  • Murder Is the Best Solution: Initially he opposed this but near the end of the game, he defaults to standard Templar logic, he places very little value on any individual's life.
  • Murderous Thighs: During the Siege of Bergen op Zoom he strangles an executioner's assistant with his feet before throwing him into an enemy.
  • Nice Hat: A tricorn.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Administers an epic one to Benjamin Church which leaves him in a bloody pulp while Haytham gets unhinged at the latter betraying the Templars.
  • Not So Different: The way he moves and operates is nearly identical to an Assassin's, to the point that his being a Templar is The Reveal. This is because he was secretly groomed to become an Assassin by his father, but Templars assassinated the latter and recruited Haytham into their order before he could be properly initiated into the Assassins.
    • Invoked by Haytham when confronting Connor:
    Haytham: The only difference, Connor - the only difference between myself and those you aid - is I do not feign affection.
    • Similarly, his difficult relationship with his son is somewhat similar to William Miles' relationship with his son.
    • Also, his habit of killing people for disagreeing with him or just being an inconvenience and the ruthlessness with which he pursues his goals makes him not too different from General Braddock, who he criticizes early in the game for being a General Ripper.
  • Offing the Offspring:
    • Haytham and Connor's first face-to-face meeting is anything but warm. Haytham instantly pounces on Connor and tries to murder him without hesitation.
    • In the final fight with a wounded, You Can Barely Stand Connor, an able-bodied Haytham tries to stab and kill his son and then resorts to straight-out strangling him all the while giving an Evil Gloating speech about why the Templars are so much better than the Assassins. This provokes Connor to kill him in self-defense. His final words to Connor is merely that he should have killed him a long time ago.
  • One-Man Army: Like father, like son. Vis-à-vis Edward and Connor. Though its also averted slightly. In his collaboration with Connor, he was initially spotted while stalking and hiding Church's camp and was being beaten down before Connor saved him. The latter also saved him from an ambush at the New York Brewer arranged by Church again.
  • Patricide: Is on the receiving end of this by Connor.
  • The Paragon: Serves as one to the Colonial Templars. His funeral has a wide gathering and in terms of founding the Templar Order in America, and making it a strong force, he or more or less does for them what Ezio did for the Italian Assassins, up to and including The Purge.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: Haytham's the only real Templar Grandmaster in the series who doesn't seek some MacGuffin or powerful artifact to Take Over the World and indeed he was critical of Reginald Birch's obsession for the same. Likewise Shay's experiences in Rogue only convinces him that the First Civilization artefacts are a fool's errand. He focuses on goals of building commerce, establishing and maintaining a foothold in colonial society. Notably he successfully removes the Assassins entirely as a presence in his given area, which neither Robert de Sable, Rodrigo Borgia or Torres had done. Ultimately, it was his own son that ruined his life's work.
  • Pre Ass Kicking One Liner: Delivered to some thugs in a bar, in his impeccable RP accent, without raising his voice a single decibel:
    Thug: Oi! Where are you going?
    Haytham: Well, I was leaving.
    Thug: And now?
    Haytham: Now, I'm going to feed you your teeth.
  • The Purge: ... initiated on Achilles' Colonial Brotherhood where Achilles is left alive in a stroke of Cruel Mercy. Thomas Hickey is shocked to discover that Connor is an Assassin when they confront each other, saying they had killed them all.
    • Indeed, in Assassin's Creed: Forsaken, Lee makes snarky comments that they had shut down the Assassins only for Haytham to ruin everything by fathering Connor with Ziio. Though Haytham points that Lee being a jerk to Connor was the real cause of that.
  • Puzzle Boss He can only be defeated with one very specific move... but the game identifies this move in big text the moment the boss fight starts.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Haytham is a Blue to the rest of the Templars and starts out as Blue to his son's Red, but as their partnership goes along, he's more reckless, hotheaded and impulsive than Connor, up to charging the Aquila into another ship so he can board Church's shipnote .
  • Shadow Dictator: It's never clear if he had any long term goals but this seems his most likely wish. Unlike earlier Templars who tended to be Visionary Villains, Haytham cared for "order, purpose, discipline" and merely consolidating the Templar cause and suppressing the Assassins. He himself loses interest in the Grand Temple early in the game.note 
  • Silly Rabbit, Idealism Is for Kids!: Comes to believe this later in life and tries to impart this to Connor, who much to his and Lee's amazement remains a Wide-Eyed Idealist despite everything that's happened to him.
  • So Proud of You: His last words to Connor has him complimenting his son in a way.
    Still, I'm proud of you in a way. You have shown great conviction. Strength. Courage. All noble qualities... I should have killed you long ago.
  • The Southpaw: As seen in his first scene on the ship, he writes with his left hand.
    • Actually, if you look close enough during the scenes on the you can see he writes with both hands.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: With Connor. And also his Father, Edward. All three have similar faces but differ in more visible exterior features.
  • Surrounded by Idiots: According to Forsaken, how Haytham comes to view his fellow Templars by the time the American Revolution starts.
    Haytham: These men - not one of them was a tenth of the man Holden had been. I was sick of them, I realized, heartily sick of them. And my feelings were about to intensify.
  • Torture Technician: Although he abhors Birch and Braddock for being this, he seems to have become one at the time of the Revolution. A surrendering British soldier asks Connor to kill him but not to take him to Fort George where Haytham seems to repurpose for "interrogating" captives. When Connor arrives there, the captives Haytham was interrogating are already dead with Haytham justifying it on Pragmatic Evil grounds that they don't have enough prison space.
  • Tragic Flaw: Juhari Otso Berg believes Haytham's human sentiment often rode over the cold, rational, Templar approach, his revenge against Reginald Birch and his mercy towards Connor is especially cited by him as his chief failings.
  • Tragic Villain: The greatest example in the series: A man who wanted to be The Dutiful Son and loved his family, only for his mother to more or less abandon him when she sees These Hands Have Killed when he attacks a thug who invaded their house. He becomes estranged from his sister when she finds out that he's a Templar. And then in the end, he is killed by his own son in self-defense because he'd been knowingly trying to strangle said son. All in all, life hasn't been kind to this guy.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: In comparison to his father, his son, and his ally Shay, Haythem is this. All three of the other men are experienced and highly successful sailors, and quite capable of free-running through trees as well as cities, both accomplishments that Haythem never quite achieved. This makes sense, as all three were also trained completely in Assassin techniques (though Edward only received his training later in life and mostly through a copycat manner) and taught how to sail ships and win naval battles, while Haythem only received some Assassin training as a boy. Haythem is also reduced to a largely one-dimensional fighting style once the "In no condition to fight" but still dangerous Connor stabs his Hidden Blade hand, which costs him his life, as he has to use both hands to strangle Connor, leaving him open to an assassination.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: We get a glimpse of little boy Haytham at the end of Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, adorably tugging at his father's sleeve so he'd get a glimpse of the stage.
  • Villain Protagonist: For the first three sequences.
  • Villain Takes an Interest: He was the object of Reginald Birch's designs and he has more than passing interest in bringing Connor, his own son, into the Templar fold by cold manipulation.
  • Villainous Friendship: Type I, Haytham looks out for Lee's well-being and won't hear a word against him, meanwhile Lee fanboyed over Haytham in his youth and plans on enacting a Roaring Rampage of Revenge against Connor for killing Haytham.
  • Visual Pun: Many Character Tics and visual cues give hints that he's a Templar. One very early one is that he almost never takes off his Nice Hat except in social occassions and he doesn't have a hood (something every other playable Assassin except Aveline always has with them).
  • Walking Spoiler: Despite being a major character, his whole existence was successfully(!) kept a secret from the audiences for pretty much two years and his sole appearance in some of the game reviews could be considered a major spoiler for those who have yet to play the game.
  • What a Senseless Waste of Human Life: Expresses this after annihilating a slaver encampment.
  • Wild Card: To the overall Assassin vs Templar war in the 1700s, in spite, and in someways because of, his place as a Templar Grandmaster. On the one hand, Haythem oversaw the near complete destruction of the Assassins in North America, and founded the New World Rite. But on the other hand, he betrayed one of his own loyal men to save his son who was already a sworn Assassin and enemy of the Templars, leading to the man's death, and he assassinated multiple members of the British Rite, starting with Braddock and ending when he slaughters Birch for the killing of his father and slavery of his sister.. He also made a command decision late in the war to support the Revolution, though not it's leaders, and allied himself with his son and the Assassins for quite some time. The net result of his actions winds up being a near Templar-less United States with a resurgent but wary and worn Assassins branch.
    • Juhani Otso Berg Lampshades this in his profile in Rogue and cites it as a reason why Haytham is less impressive as a Templar than Shay.
  • You Are What You Hate:
    • Dismisses the Assassins as being Brainwashed and Crazy by the whims of an old man — not an invalid criticism of Achilles and the Colonial Assassins depicted in Rogue — but that's exactly what had happened to him at the hands of Reginald Birch, whereas Connor had to beg and plead the by-then disaffected, contrite Achilles to take him in.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness:
    • Unlike Connor, who prefers to let others go after interrogation, Haytham will simply kill them off after he's done or if he thinks they have nothing useful to tell him. This is apparently because he's unwilling to bother with prisoner maintenance.
    • He shows this in Rogue, where he strangles a criminal for information and tells him that he will kill him if he doesn't talk. As soon as he talks, Haytham kills him with a hidden blade, with blood squirting in Shay's eye.
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    Charles Lee 

Charles Lee

Also appears in: Assassin's Creed: Rogue

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Voiced By: Neil Napier

"We will vanquish our enemies. We will spread our word. And in time, my brothers and sisters, in time... we will have our New World."

A British officer with a constant thirst for power, who joins the Templar order and quickly ends up becoming Haytham's second in command.


  • Ambition Is Evil: Even ignoring his other horrible acts, he does some pretty nasty things in his efforts to become Commander-in-Chief.
  • Arch-Enemy: To Connor. Though for Lee, it's George Washington.
  • Ascended Fanboy: Is a part of the Templar order, just like his idol, Haytham. The scene of his ascension doubles as The Reveal of Haytham's true allegiance.
  • The Bully: Thinks holding a five year old by his neck, getting in his face and calling him and his people "savages" is a perfect way of getting answers.
  • But for Me, It Was Tuesday: It takes several encounters with Connor before he recognizes him as the Mohawk boy he threatened all those years ago.
  • The Cameo: Makes a brief one in Rogue during Shay's Templar induction.
  • Creepy Blue Eyes: Has rather unsettling blue eyes.
  • "Could Have Avoided This!" Plot: Tells the imprisoned Connor this, "had you done what I asked" after their previous encounter as a child. However he's on the receiving end of this from Haytham in Assassin's Creed: Forsaken; Haytham reminds him that his terrible treatment of young Connor made him go From Nobody to Nightmare for their cause.
  • The Dragon: To Haytham.
  • Dragon Ascendant: After Haytham is killed by Connor.
  • Evil Brit: British and quite evil.
  • Evil Is Petty: Aside from bullying a little boy and then justifying it as being its fault, Lee doesn't have a larger goal aside from him being Commander in Chief instead of George Washington.
  • Face Death with Dignity: Shares a drink with Connor in a pub while both are bleeding out, before Connor stabs him.
  • Fanboy: Of Haytham, who out and out says that he thinks Charles Lee overestimates him.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: First appears as a fresh-faced Templar hopeful, later becomes The Dragon with designs of becoming Commander-In-Chief, and ultimately becoming Dragon Ascendant intent on ruining everything Connor holds dear.
  • Full-Name Basis: Those close to him call him "Charles", but Connor consistently uses his full name.
  • Graceful Loser: He took his fate rather well.
  • Get It Over With: His expression on his face when he bends forward to Connor all but says "do it".
  • The Heavy: While Haytham is the Big Bad, Lee is the one who drives Connor's story arc, from their first encounter when Connor's a child to their final clash 30 years on.
  • Historical-Domain Character: Charles Lee really was a general in the Colonial Army whose reputation is often subject to debate by historians as to whether he was a key general wrongfully sidelined by the Colonial establishment or an overly ambitious careerist with a great deal of resentment.
  • Historical Villain Upgrade:
    • The real-life Charles Lee has a pretty bad rap—he was a complete sleaze and The Resenter and he is famous for ordering a retreat against higher orders and retreating his men right into the rest of the army and causing a massacre. Nowadays, some historians consider the retreat justified and a case of Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right! that was the only morally and tactically sound choice, but Charles Lee in the game plays off his blatant failure and is actively trying to sabotage the revolution.
    • In point of fact, Lee doesn't even resemble the real figure. Earlier promos featured a more accurate rendering him closer to descriptions and portraits of his real self. In point of fact, Haytham and the Templar!Charles Lee are together Decomposite Character for the real Charles Lee, splitting characteristics and biographical aspects between them.
    • Also unlike the game's version, who's shown to be either a racist or Noble Bigot, the real Lee had good relations with Mohawk tribes and even married a native woman and fathered two sons, none of which is touched on in the game and is vaguely hinted in Assassin's Creed: Forsaken. That said, he is known to Connor's village, much to the latter's oblivious surprise. They call him "Boiling Water" on account of his temper and he seems to have encouraged Kanento:kon to take arms against the Colonial Army for no discernible long term strategy.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: Shows signs of this during the prologue missions, but largely holds back due to deferring to the much more meticulous Haytham. Definitely becomes much more pronounced once he comes into authority in his own right.
  • Made of Iron: Connor chases him through a burning ship, exhausting Lee, then shoots him point blank with a flintlock pistol; he still takes a ship to the Conestoga Inn in the Frontier and waits there for Connor to administer the fatal blow.
  • Manipulative Bastard: He arms men from Connor's village and exhorts them to take arms against the Bluecoats which is presumably his own cause. Their raids lead to Washington launching the Sullivan Expedition in an effort to clamp down on them, with the Mohawk heavily outnumbered. What good this could possibly do aside from invoking Connor to have a Broken Pedestal with Washington is not made clear. Connor sees through Lee and Haytham's efforts and while he gets cooler with Washington, he doesn't back down from hunting them down.
  • Meaningful Name: The Mohawk call him "Ounewaterika" which means Boiling Water, which describes his Hair-Trigger Temper.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: Had Charles left five-year-old Connor well enough alone, the latter may have eventually been won over to the Templars and the Colonial branch of the Assassins would have simply withered.
  • Not So Different: Charles Lee is driven to avenge Haytham's death much like Connor was to avenge his mother's death. Lee is appalled at Connor committing Patricide and tells everyone at the funeral that Haytham was The Paragon.
    • Like Connor, he did do a lot for the revolution and was a gifted military commander who was a No Respect Guy; ultimately neither of them will have a place in the new nation.
  • The Paragon: Haytham believes Lee to be this for the Templars, but it's a major Informed Ability. He has none of Haytham's and Washington's charisma, and though he may have superior skills as a military commander to those of Washington, he demonstrates no real political skill or long-term initiative, with Haytham being the man who came up with most of their plans.
  • Pet the Dog: His Animus Database entry says he really likes dogs. One of the artwork for the game features him surrounded by pomeranians.
  • Playing Both Sides: Manipulates Mohawks to take arms against the Bluecoats while secretly trying to kill, dismiss or discredit Washington so he can be in charge of the revolution and America.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: Doesn't think highly of the Mohawk, which is a complete inversion of the real Charles Lee. Although he does seem to have had some relationship with them; in the game, he's shown, much to Connor's surprise, to have secretly trained and armed his village into taking arms against the Colonial Army in a gambit designed to have them massacred en-masse by Washington's Sullivan Expedition.
  • The Resenter: Is very bitter about Washington being chosen over him for the position of Commander-In-Chief.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: After Haytham is killed, he threatens to kill all of Connor's allies, family, and friends while making him watch. By this point, he's stopped caring about the Templar Order's higher goals and just wants payback.
  • Smug Snake: Incredibly arrogant and most of his schemes don't end well, especially after Haytham and his other allies are killed.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Went from a polite young man in the prologue to an arrogant and hateful man during the Revolution. Of course we only ever see him interact with Haytham and other Templars in the prologue so it's possible he was always like that.
    • Deconstructed. Lee's jerkass behavior led Connor to believe it was Lee and the Templars who attacked his village and killed his mother, arguably jump-starting Connor's career as an Assassin. Had Lee acted as nice as he was in the prologue, then Connor might have even joined the Templars in the future.
  • Uncleanliness Is Next to Ungodliness: His Animus database entry says he has very poor hygiene. He visibly looks greasier and filthier after the Time Skip.
  • Villainous Friendship: Type I; Haytham looks out for Lee's well being and won't hear a word against him, meanwhile Lee fanboyed over Haytham in his youth and plans on enacting a Roaring Rampage of Revenge against Connor for killing Haytham.
  • Vocal Evolution: In the early sequences, which take place about 20 years before the main game, his voice is high and kind of boyish (made more noticeable by the fact he spends much of his time fanboying over Haytham). In the main timeline, he sounds like he's channeling Christopher Lee.
  • Worthy Opponent: At the end he regards Connor as this, regarding his The Determinator skills with wonder and awe as much as confusion. When Connor meets him at the Conestoga Inn, he offers him a drink and they silently enjoy a moment until Lee voicelessly asks Connor to Get It Over With.
  • You Killed My Father: The murder of his mother is why Connor hates him so. However it is later revealed he did not kill his mother. Connor still hates him though for manipulating his village into taking arms against the Bluecoats and forcing Connor to kill his Fat Best Friend.

    Thomas Hickey 

Thomas Hickey

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Voiced By: Allen Leech

"They can sing their songs about mankind and its troubles. They can make their plans and spring their traps, don't bother me none. They paid me so I said yes. Didn't bother to ask who or how or why. Didn't care."

A Irish born soldier in the British army, he served under William Johnson and joined the Templar Order alongside him. He ran a counterfeiting business for the Templars, and was also assigned to kill George Washington after he joined the Continental Army.


  • Bond Villain Stupidity: He comes within an inch of killing George Washington, and might actually have succeeded if he hadn't taken the time to attack the man's bodyguards first when Washington was standing right in front of him.
  • Bullying a Dragon: Really gets in Connor's face when he leads him to the gallows in a Templar Frame-Up. Connor gives him a Shut Up, Hannibal! Badass Boast:
    Connor: I will not die today. The same cannot be said of you.
    • Needless to say, Connor makes good on his promise.
  • Dirty Coward: While his reaction to Connor is rather calm, he orders his men to get him while bolting out the door.
  • The Dragon: To Charles Lee.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: While Hickey is a hedonistic asshole who sees no problem with body looting, even he is disgusted with Braddock.
  • Evil Counterpart: Of Antonio, the Thieves Leader in Assassin's Creed II who was a Working-Class Hero Robin Hood criminal, whereas Hickey is a career criminal and conman and unrepentant about it.
  • Expy: His hedonistic self-justification also has shades with Juan Borgia, in Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood.
  • The Hedonist: A self-professed one at that.
    Thomas: I'm the type of guy who likes to have a beer in one hand and a titty in the other!
  • Historical-Domain Character: Though obscure today, Hickey was a real-life figure who was the first person executed by the United States government. He also really was arrested for forging money (which led to his execution because there were no Templars to save him) and is thought to have really been part of a plot to kill George Washington.
  • Jerkass: The most assholish of the Templars apart from Charles Lee. That said, he does state he works for the Templars out of gratitude for helping him.
  • The Load: Implied, when Haytham and Charles Lee come to set him free... only to put him in a different cell, with Haytham saying it's the last time he'll do that for Thomas.
  • Lower-Class Lout: The more aristocratic leaders of the Templars look down on Hickey for his fairly lowdown view of things and more mercenary behaviour, they only justify his inclusion on grounds of pragmatism.
  • Ninja Looter: When he expresses the desire to loot fallen bodies on a battle field, Haytham tells him off... even as the player likely does so as the dialogue plays out.
  • Not in This for Your Revolution: He doesn't hold to the Templar's beliefs; he just likes the paycheck. He even scoffs at Haytham and Charles Lee's Visionary Villain dreams of a One World Order, just like he mocks Connor's naive ideas for a better world.
  • Only in It for the Money: He works for the Templars because they pay better than anyone else. Notably, he stay loyal while Benjamin Church does not.
  • Smug Snake: He's one smug bastard alright.
  • The Spymaster: He helped run the Templar's spy rings thanks to his underground connections.

    Benjamin Church 

Benjamin Church

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Voiced By: Harry Standjofski

"Aye, but what better ware to peddle than life? Nothing else is as precious, nor so desperately craved. And no price is too great for the man or woman who fears an abrupt and permanent end."

A doctor recruited by the Templars, Church served as the Surgeon-General for the Continental Army.


  • Asshole Victim: Becomes this retroactively when you learn he only became a doctor to extort money from people, not to mention screwing over every single faction for a quick buck.
  • Awkward Father-Son Bonding Activity: Effectively serves as the "activity" by way of being an Enemy Mine.
  • Book-Ends: We first come across Church as he is getting beat up by Thatcher. We last see him getting beat up by Haytham.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: He betrays the Revolutionaries, British, and the Templars just to line his own pockets.
  • Conflicting Loyalty: His justification for his betrayal of the Templars and the revolution. That the Gray and Gray Morality had made it hard for him to decide what's right and he ultimately chose to defect back to the Crown. Deleted audio exists of him singing the British National Anthem right when Connor is about to approach him.
    Benjamin: It's all a matter of perspective. There is no single path through life that's right and fair and does no harm. Do you truly think the Crown has no cause? No right to feel betrayed? You should know better than this, dedicated as you are to fighting Templars – who themselves see their work as just. Think on that the next time you insist your work alone befits the greater good. Your enemy would beg to differ – and would not be without cause.
  • Defector from Decadence: Abandons the Templar Order, stealing supplies from them in the process.
  • The Dog Bites Back: Gets his revenge on Silas Thatcher with a Boom, Headshot!.
  • Historical-Domain Character: There really was a Benjamin Church who occupied a position in the Continental Army that corresponds to Surgeon-General. Church was arrested and brought to a committee for passing information and supplies to the enemy and was imprisoned and disgraced, only to die when his vessel sank when he sailed to Boston.
  • Only in It for the Money:
    • His reason for taking up medicine is that desperate people will pay a lot to save their own lives.
    • Like Hickey this also defined his relation to the Templar Order. Unlike Hickey this wasn't enough to keep him loyal when a better deal came along.
      • However, his death monologue hints he grew dillusioned with the Templars vs. Assassins, Patriots vs. British conflicts and the whole Gray and Grey Morality behind it all.

    Jonathan Pitcairn 

Jonathan "John" Pitcairn

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Voiced By Robert Lawrenson

"It seems we are well and truly at war... A pity, that. For it's a war we did not ask for. A war we did not wish... And why would we? We're killing our brothers down there – and for what? Duty? Honor? Liberty and justice as the Yanks claim? No."

A Major of the British Marines, he was Connor's target during the Battle of Bunker Hill.


  • Affably Evil: Unlike many Templars, absolutely nothing about his politeness is faked. He is genuinely a pleasant guy.
  • Aggressive Negotiations: Tries this on the revolutionaries, as he thought his troops would cow the outnumbered and outgunned rebels to surrender peacefully. Unfortunately, he underestimated the tension between the troops, and after one bullet was fired by a nervous soldier, the battle of Bunker Hill was started, causing the rebellion to become an all-out war.
  • Brave Scot: Comes with the territory as leading the troops ahead of Putnam's at Bunker Hill, although his lines are delivered with so stereotypical a "Scottish accent" that you might never believe that he actually was Scottish!
  • Even Evil Has Standards: He is disgusted upon learning of Edward Braddock's brutal past and declares that he needs to die.
  • Historical-Domain Character: Pitcairn was the major in charge of the Loyalist army at Concord and he died at Bunker Hill, where it was believed he was shot and killed by an African-American soldier named Peter Salem.
  • Majorly Awesome: He is a good major and soldier.
  • Nice Guy: Of all the Templars in the series, he seems to be the least jerk-ish and most pleasant and nice. He's genuinely appalled at the outbreak of war and tells soldiers that he regards the colonial soldiers he fights as brothers and hates the situation... and reveals while dying, when asked why the rebels were to lay down their arms but not the Redcoats, that "we asked the same question of the British."
    • As Connor discovers later though, he was complicit in a plan to assassinate Washington, so he's still a Templar but a pretty decent sort anyway.
  • Nice Hat: A tricorn.
  • Silly Rabbit, Idealism Is for Kids!: He is disgusted by how naïve Connor is, although his criticism are wrapped up in the usual Templar ideology.
    John: Better we hold the strings than another.
    Connor: No. The strings should be severed. All should be free.
    John: And we should live forever on castles in the sky. You wield your blade like a man, but your mouth like a child. And more will die now because of that...
  • You Rebel Scum!: At the Battle of Lexington and Concord he issues a single demand:
    John: Disperse, you damned rebels! Lay down your arms and disperse!
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: He wanted to parley and prevent the Revolutionary War... for Templar benefit — "better we hold the strings than another" — but also to save lives.

    William Johnson 

William Johnson

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Voiced By: Julian Casey
Also Appears in: Assassin's Creed: Rogue

"So be it. I offered you an olive branch, and you knocked it from my hand. Perhaps you'll respond better to the sword."

An official of the British Empire responsible for negotiating with local Indian tribes. His attempt to purchase the land of Connor's tribe makes him the first Templar targeted by the young Assassin.


  • Affably Evil: He's generally polite and mannered in talking to people, even when he's threatening them.
  • Aristocrats Are Evil: He's mentioned as having a baronetcy after the Time Skip, and he's a Templar.
  • Blunt "Yes": His response to a member of Connor's tribe after being asked if he's threatening them.
  • Condescending Compassion: The elders gathered at the meeting rightly call him out for this. Noting that he pretends not to represent the Crown when as far as they are concerned, that is what he does and refuses to put his money where his mouth is.
  • Cruel to Be Kind: Views his treatment of the natives as this, since the currently amicable Colonists will likely stop caring about them by the time they need to expand.
  • The Face: Effectively serves as one for both the Colonial Government and the Templars when it comes to the native tribes.
  • Historical-Domain Character: Johnson was a British officer who served as an Agent for Indian Affairs during the Seven Years War. He did die in 1774 at a conference with other Iroquois but unlike the game, it came from having a stroke rather than being assassinated.
  • Kick the Dog: Johnson decides to threaten the Elders to sign up with him at the end of a musket.
    • Bashing the butt of his musket into Connor's face as a child also seemed to serve this purpose.
  • Never Live It Down: In-universe, his relationship with the native tribes was damaged when he helped negotiate the Treaty of Stanwix.
  • Noble Bigot: He speaks the Kanienkaha:ka language and is aware of their culture and cares for them but he still doesn't treat them as equals or feel the need to explain them, having the colonialist fantasy of saving the Natives from themselves rather than empowering them.
  • Villain Has a Point: His dying words about the Colonists turning on the Native Americans are ultimately proven right by both events later in the game and any player who knows about American History knows it only gets worse for them from there.
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    Nicholas Biddle 

Nicholas Biddle

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Voiced By: Fred Tatasciore

"I set them free. Weeded out the dissenters and empowered the Patriots. So what if I was named Admiral. The Revolution needs one and I was the best man for the job."

A young American officer in the British Navy who was enticed by the Templars to join the Patriot cause. He created numerous false threats to the Colonies by the British Navy to facilitate his rise through the ranks and make the Continental Congress increase the size of the navy.


  • Arc Villain: For the Naval Missions.
  • Benevolent Boss: Is said to distribute his spoils evenly amongst his crew.
  • The Captain: Of The Randolph
  • Cool Ship: The USS Randolph.
  • Duel to the Death: Connor engages in a Captain Vs. Captain Duel with him...
  • Evil Counterpart: To Robert Faulkner.
  • Face Death with Dignity: Chooses to go down with the Randolph.
  • Going Down with the Ship: His last request and ultimate fate is to go down with the Randolph.
    • The real-life incident was much worse, the ship exploded and killed nearly all its 305 strong crew, leaving only four survivors. Needless to say, the game takes much Artistic License – History.
  • Historical-Domain Character: He was one of the key officers in the creation of the Continental Navy.
  • Historical Villain Upgrade: The real Nicholas Biddle was a highly respected captain whose activities on the East Coast were a major boon to the Revolution. He was needless to say not like his portrayal in the game.
  • Skippable Boss: He is presented as one of Connor's targets in the main game but you can complete the main campaign without facing him, since he's a part of the Naval Side Missions.
  • Villain Respect: He admires Connor and compliments him during their final encounter:
    Nicholas: Tenacious! Smart! Pity I have to kill you!
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: He justifies his False Flag Operations as necessary to convince the Continental Congress to build up a powerful navy for the war effort.
    Nicholas: If not for me, the Continental Navy would remain but a handful of rafts. For all your vision, you Assassins are blind to the truth.

Appearing in Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag

    Doctor Edmund Judge 

Doctor Edmund Judge

Voiced By: James Loye

"Patience Gibbs. I warned my guards you'd have nine lives. I shall have to strangle the last of them from you myself."

A Templar who seeks Patience Gibbs, a rebel slave with a Piece of Eden.


  • Big Bad: Of the Aveline DLC for Black Flag.
  • High Collar of Doom: A very high collar of doom. Seriously, it goes up to his ears!
  • Mad Doctor: Patience believes he is insane, and when she hears him singing a song to try and activate her Piece of Eden, that belief only intensifies.
    Patience: It is from a hymn my mother liked. He must think it is a spell to work with the charm. He is madder than I thought!
  • Morally Ambiguous Doctorate: Lord knows what he does with his doctorate, but it can't be anything good.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: Patience tells Aveline that Edmund "parades around like a saint" to fool the public, but he does much darker work in private. Apparently it works, since he has enough pull to get a detachment of American soldiers to do his bidding.

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British Templars

    Reginald Birch 

Reginald Birch

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Voiced By: Gideon Emery

"They are still an enigma, these precursors. But of one thing I am certain – whatever waits behind those doors shall prove a great boon to us all."

The Grandmaster of the English Templars.


  • Bad Boss: In full form in the War Letters for Rogue, where he keeps berating associates about searching for Precursor artifacts, while chiding their Boring, but Practical approach to building a One World Order via economic influence and trade. Lawrence Washington complains about Birch being an Ungrateful Bastard while even Braddock chastises him for becoming obsessive as well as his attempt to convert Haytham into the order, feeling that they should have killed him along with his father.
  • Big Bad: The foe for the first half of Forsaken.
  • Evil Brit: A British Templar bastard.
  • False Friend: To Haytham. And also his father Edward Kenway who accepted his engagement to his daughter and appointed him a senior property manager until Birch revealed his true nature as a Templar to him.
  • Hero Killer: Orchestrates Edward Kenway's death and the destruction of his family. Edward was a feared pirate in his day and in good fighting condition, but a sneak attack by Birch at night led to his death, the kidnapping of his daughter and the indoctrination of his son, Haytham, into the cause of his father's killers.
  • I Have You Now, My Pretty: Kidnaps Haytham's sister Jenny in Forsaken, which ends up getting him killed.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Knocked into a sword stabbed through a door by Haytham (a guard had already been impaled on the other side of the door before that).
  • Kick the Dog: He's a nasty, spiteful piece of work but his worst one has to be selling Jennifer Scott, the woman he was engaged to, into slavery and years later having the gall to justify it for the greater good.
  • Manipulative Bastard: He is behind the death of Haytham's father and the kidnapping of his sister Jenny, an event that Birch used to manipulate Haytham into joining the Templars.
  • Man of Wealth and Taste: He has both of them.
  • The Mentor: For Haytham.
  • Not-So-Well-Intentioned Extremist: He upholds this, by now standard, excuse of being a genuine Well-Intentioned Extremist to Haytham right at the end. What makes this different is that it's pretty obviously a self-delusion and neither Haytham or Jenny believe a word of it.
  • Villainous Legacy: In Syndicate, despite it being more than a century since his death, Birch's purge of the Assassins in London is what allowed Crawford Starrick to gain the foothold he has.
  • Villain Takes an Interest: He takes a shine to little Haytham in Assassin's Creed: Forsaken and essentially decides to steal him from his father.

    Edward Braddock 

Edward Braddock

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Voiced By: Carlo Mestroni

"Were that we applied the sword more liberally and more often, the world would be a better place than it is today."

A thoroughly unpleasant officer of the British, he used to work with Haytham before his sheer brutality lead to a falling-out between the two.


  • Adaptational Attractiveness: He appears quite young for someone who was white-haired and 60 years old in real life, but this is because he uses a generic Redcoat model instead of his own unique one.
  • Bad Boss: He shoots a man dead for a minor transgression, claiming it's necessary to maintain discipline. He also allows one of his underlings to be killed by Haytham during Forsaken and claims not to know him, something Rogue reveals was a lie.
  • Dirty Coward: He tries fleeing the minute Haytham attacks him, and continues trying to flee even after his horse is shot out from under him.
  • Evil Brit: He's an evil British Templar.
  • Evil Former Friend: Used to work with Haytham, but his raw brutality made for irreconcilable differences between the two.
  • Evil Mentor: In an odd sort of way, to Washington.
  • False Friend: A war letter in Rogue has Braddock telling Reginald Birch that Haytham should have been killed along with his father.
  • General Ripper: These tendencies ultimately caused his split with Haytham.
  • Historical Badass Upgrade: Inverted. He begins running almost immediately after the attack on his expedition begins. Historically, he kept his cool and tried to rally the column during the attack and had several horses shot out from under him before he himself was felled. Also, unlike the game he managed to cling to life for four days after the battle.
  • Historical Villain Upgrade: How much is a subject of debate, but it definitely happened. He definitely had similar goals for his expedition to the game version, but that was partially because it would've been insane to *not* after a century or so of constant brush war in North America. His shooting one of his own men on the expedition is based on a historical allegation (that he took his sword and ran through a redcoat hiding behind a tree for cowardice). And unlike his Dirty Coward role, he historically kept trying to rally and command his men coolly until he was shot.
  • Jerkass: Braddock's a massive asshole to be sure.
  • Jerkass Has a Point:
    • While the way he goes about it is horrible, he does make a point about the situation and French intentions and it is the war he spawned that ultimately paved the way for Haytham's later schemes regarding the American Revolution.
    • In the War Letters for Rogue, he also criticizes Reginald Birch for his leadership of the Templar Order, criticizing him for obsessing over Precursor artefacts and other kinds of Magitek over more practical matters of building "peace". Then again, Braddock's idea of "peace" is another thing.
    • In the same letter, he also says Haytham should've been killed along with Edward. While undeniably a dick thing to say, it would have saved the Templars a massive amount of trouble later on.
  • Not in This for Your Revolution: A War Letter has him dismissing the Pieces of Eden, and Those Who Came Before, as "gobbledegook", despite the acquisition of the Pieces being one of the Templar's top goals.
  • The Unfettered: Destroys anything he considers an obstacle.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Once murdered a whole family, children included, just to hasten his own escape.
    • Oddly enough, whether it actually hastened his escape is debatable since Haytham doesn't clarify on how it happened, and it was because one of the victimized family members had the gall to insult him for abandoning him.

French Colonial Templars

    The Company Man 

The Company Man / Madeleine de l'Isle

The Master Templar in charge of the Southern American colonies. For tropes related to the identity of The Company Man see Assassin's Creed III - Other Characters.

    Rafael Joaquín de Ferrer 

Rafael Joaquín de Ferrer

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Voiced By: Alex Ivanovici

"Always so considerate. I am rather in the mood for a hanging."

A high-ranking Templar and slaver. He is in charge of Templar operations at Chichen Itza.


  • Bad Boss: He punishes the slaves at Chichen Itza harshly for any failures, and personally sees to the torture of any captured escapees.
  • Disney Villain Death: Aveline stabs him in the chest once before kicking him off a ledge, sending him screaming to his death.
  • The Dragon: To The Company Man.
  • Evil Gloating: Engages in a bit of it when confronting Aveline:
    de Ferrer: How wonderfully useful you are. You remove those who would supersede me in rank. You find pieces of the Prophecy Disk, saving me the effort... If you weren't my enemy, I would take you for my friend!
  • Faux Affably Evil: He presents a pleasant façade to the slaves, but is a harsh, cold, and calculating individual.
  • The Heavy: For the first half of the game he's the man overseeing the schemes of other Templar agents while his boss, the Company Man, remains in the shadows.
  • I Was Quite a Looker: Rhona Dinsmore, who Rafael managed to seduce, confesses in the War Letters of Rogue that he's quite sexy and she doesn't feel too guilty about being seduced by a Templar, for the second time.
  • Manipulative Bastard: He has the slaves at Chichen Itza convinced they will earn land and freedom once their work is complete.
  • Nice Hat: Wears a black tricorn
  • Obviously Evil: His black and blood red outfit and giant Dracula medal really stick out from the rest of the cast.
  • Unwitting Pawn: He seems to regard Aveline as one, noting how she has killed Templars higher ranking than him, which allowed him to be promoted, and then located portions of the Prophecy Disk he was looking for. In truth, he might have been one to Madeleine, who claims that she allowed Aveline to kill de Ferrer due to his abuses at Chichen Itza disgusting her during her attempt to convince Aveline to become a Templar.

    Baptiste 

Baptiste

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Voiced By: Kwasi Songui (Liberation)
Played By: Michael K. Williams (Assassin's Creed (2016))

"The nobles of New Orleans shall perish by poison, and the slaves shall be avenged. My mentor's work will be complete."

A former Assassin turned Templar who leads a cult in the Louisiana Bayou, which he uses to try and control smuggling operations in the area for Templar use.


  • An Arm and a Leg: He lost his left arm at some point in his life.
  • Bald of Evil: Not a hair on his head.
  • Body Paint: He has several voodoo symbols painted onto his body, including a white skull on his face, which references Baron Samedi.
  • Born into Slavery: Like Agaté, he was born on a plantation in Saint-Domingue before being recruited into the Assassin Order.
  • Cult: Founds one based on voodoo mythology. He recruits Maroons as his followers and promises them they will overthrow the slave owners of New Orleans.
  • Dead Person Impersonation: He uses the name of his Assassin Mentor, François Mackandal, in a attempt to lure out Agaté and kill him.
  • Evil Former Friend: With Agaté, having been recruited into the Assassin Order alongside him. But after their mentor François Mackandal died and Agaté left to search for Jeanne, Baptiste felt betrayed and grew disillusioned with the Assassin Order, turning instead to the Templars.
  • Handicapped Badass: Despite lacking his left arm, he puts up a fierce fight against Aveline.
  • Master Poisoner: He was trained in poisoning by Francois Mackandal himself.
  • Turncoat: Switches his allegiance from the Assassins to Templars, although he thinks he is continuing the struggle of his mentor, albeit in a different manner.
  • Only One Name: Has no known surname.

    Antonio de Ulloa 

Antonio de Ulloa

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Voiced By: ???

"I am a man of science. My own southern expeditions required similar tools and manpower. The region is rich with relics predating even the Mayans."

The first Spanish governor of Louisiana, he is also a skilled scientist who uses his position and knowledge to aid the Templars.


  • Call-Forward: In Freedom Cry, Adewale overhears two Templars mentioning Antonio as being a young prodigy who will go far. In Rogue, a War Letter features Birch extending him an invitation to London's Royal Society.
  • Cruel Mercy: What Aveline considers sparing him to be.
    Antonio: Thank you! Thank you for your mercy.
    Aveline: Mercy? This is not mercy. I merely leave you to contend with the arsenal of your own employers. A life of hiding awaits you. Go, and wallow in your false freedom.
  • Corrupt Politician: Uses his position to advance Templar interests, even over Spanish goals.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: When Aveline comes to assassinate him, he begs her to spare his wife and child.
  • Evil Genius: He is a well known scientist who uses his knowledge to advise his fellow Templars in doing research and experiments.
  • The Exile: Aveline spares him in exchange for a decoder lens and his promise to go into exile with his family.
  • Historical-Domain Character: Ulloa was a real-life scientist and a member of London's Royal Society.
  • Villains Want Mercy: Begs for the lives of his wife and child, along with his own, when Aveline comes for him. She is contemptuous of him for this, pointing out that he ripped hundreds of slaves from their families and had them killed, but he reveals that they are not dead, having merely been transported to Mexico to work on a secret project.

    Diego Vázquez 

Diego Vázquez

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Voiced By: Conrad Pla

A high-ranking Templar operating in Louisiana.


  • Beard of Evil: Wears a thick beard and happens to be a Templar.
  • The Dragon: Takes over this position to The Company Man after de Ferrer is assassinated.
  • Famous Last Words:
    Vázquez: Futile murder... beautiful death. She... will make you suffer.
  • Mistaken Identity: Aveline kills him due to her belief that he is the Company Man. As he is dying, he reveals that the Company Man is in fact a woman.
  • Only One Name: In the original release. His first name is given in the gamefiles of the HD edition.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Considering how well he had avoided being identified by the Assassins, it seems rather odd that he accepted a random dance and invitation to go somewhere more private from a woman matching the exact description of the Assassin who had killed his fellow Templars.

    George Davidson 

George Davidson

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Voiced By: Christian Paul

"Officer Davidson, if you would kindly pay me the respect my rank commands now."

A escaped slave turned Templar sent to assist British forces in the British colonies during the American Revolution.


  • Anti-Villain: The Templars promised him freedom from slavery in exchange for his service.
  • I Die Free: A twist: after Aveline mortally wounds him, she begins to give him the traditional Assassin rites and hopes he finds eternal freedom in death. George is less than pleased by her words:
    George: You mock me! I chose my destiny. That is real freedom. Perhaps one day you will know it too.
  • Evil Former Friend: To Aveline, who does not take the revelation that he's become a Templar well.
  • Nice Hat: Gains one after becoming a Templar and loyalist officer.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Gives one to Aveline after she claims that the Templars would rather see him enslaved rather than free:
    George: Ha! The loyalists have guaranteed my freedom. I will fight for it, and win it for myself. Meanwhile, the slaves and the poor are targets in New Orleans, and you play the hero in New York. Who do you serve? And do you really think yourself free? "Charity should begin at himself," Miss Aveline.


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