A list of characters encountered during travels across the world of Ancient Greece in Assassin's Creed: Odyssey. For characters that can be romanced, go to Assassin's Creed: Odyssey Love Interests.
Many of these characters are Walking Spoilers and their entries feature a lot of in-game details that are not hidden behind spoiler tags. As most of these characters are tied to the main storyline, read at your own risk.
King LeonidasThe former king of Sparta, during the Persian invasion of Greece. Also the former wielder of the Spear of Leonidas, and the grandfather of Kassandra and Alexios.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: King of Sparta and a frontline fighter, he led the forces of Sparta against the Persian troops. Even after his death, he's a tough old man.
- Brain Uploading: He, or a copy of him, is part of Alethia's simulation of the Elysian Fields. Neither he or the Eagle Bearer act like he's any different from the real thing.
- The Dreaded: Persephone panics when she hears the Eagle Bearer has recruited him for the resistance, so much so she tries to persuade them to kill him for her.
- Dying Moment of Awesome: He and three hundred Spartans (and a few others) fought against the Persian forces, at the cost of their lives.
- Historical-Domain Character: The historical King of Sparta who defended the Pass of Thermopylai against Persians and died in battle doing so.
- Intro-Only Point of View: Playable for a few minutes at the beginning of the game, giving players a taste of the game's mechanics, a few hours before they'll have a chance to use those abilities themselves, before dying.
- Last Disrespects: The game mentions that after his death, the Persians tried claiming his corpse, but the remaining Spartan forces weren't having it.
- Long Dead Badass: He's been dead for decades by the time the Eagle Bearer is running around.
- Modest Royalty: His residence in the Elysian Fields is a copy of the same little house the Eagle Bearer grew up in, despite his being the king of Sparta.
- Uneven Hybrid: He's got a good amount of Isu DNA in there, which he was aware of.
- Wrecked Weapon: When he had the spear, it was an actual spear. His death meant the spear-head got broken off. The Eagle Bearer even razzes him about in when they meet in Fate of Atlantis.
King Archidamos IIOne of the two kings of Sparta, alongside Pausanias.
- Historical-Domain Character: He was one of the two Kings of Sparta during the early parts of the war; in fact, some call the first part of it the "Archidamian War" after him.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Surprisingly turns out to be one, despite numerous mentions of how traditional he is and how he holds a grudge against Myrrine for breaking his nose. He treats the Eagle Bearer and Myrrine with some degree of respect and gives them a task of actual value to determine if they should become Spartan citizens again. And should they fail to gather enough evidence to expose Pausanias as a Cultist and have to kill him, Archidamos takes the murder in stride and listens calmly to the new evidence being presented by someone he had just exiled minutes beforehand.
- Would Hurt a Child: Supported the elders in their decision to throw the Eagle Bearer's sibling off of Mount Taygetos and the execution of the Eagle Bearer for trying to stop it.
King PausaniasOne of the two kings of Sparta, alongside Archidamos. See his entry in The Cult of Kosmos.
Myrrine / Phoenix
King Leonidas' daughter, Alexios and Kassandra's mother, and Nikolaos' wife.
- Action Mom: Daughter of Leonidas, and a Spartan besides. And mother of two. She joins her elder son/daughter in battle in several instances, and in the pursuit of conflict with the Cult of Kosmos as well.
- Ambiguously Bi: She was married to Nikolaos and had children with Pythagoras, and there are implications that she may be in a relationship with her female general Timo when the Eagle Bearer finds her again on Naxos.
- Cool Old Lady: Mother of two adult children, still able to hold her own in a fight and has defended an entire island from multiple attacks in the past. At the end of episode 2 of Legacy Of The Lost Blade she actually is a grandmother, too.
- Give Him a Normal Life: Not by abandoning the Eagle Bearer, but by raising them with a mother's love instead of detached stoicism like Pythagoras wanted her to.
- Heroic Lineage: She is the daughter of King Leonidas, who valiantly and defiantly held off the Persian army at Thermopylae at the cost of his life. She also inherited the Spear of Leonidas and bequeaths it to her elder child. Leonidas, and by extension Myrrine and her two children, have Isu ancestry as well.
- Meaningful Rename: After losing both of her children in one night and exiling herself from Sparta, she started going by Phoenix, symbolizing her intent to rebuild her life from ashes.
- Outliving One's Offspring: Averted, although she did think for many years that both of her children were dead, and it affected her greatly. She can also actually outlive one of her children, if the Eagle Bearer kills Deimos and Myrrine doesn't die trying to save them.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: As Archon of Naxos, she personally leads the battle against Paros' navy. She's also daughter of a King of Sparta.
- Super Breeding Program: Myrinne consented to Pythagoras's proposal to breed a confluence of their Isu-descendance bloodlines. Their resultant child is the Eagle Bearer. The Cult of Kosmos also planned to abduct her and turn her into a broodmare to make more tykebombs like Deimos.
Nikolaos / The Wolf of Sparta
One of Sparta's greatest generals, and the protagonists' father.
- Already Done for You: If you spare him, then much later in the main quest he kills one of the three Athenian champions you need to assassinate in the Boeotia arc.
- Archnemesis Dad: To Kassandra and Alexios, ever since he threw the one you play as off a cliff. It is however possible to spare him, leading to the two repairing their relationship.
- Cool Helmet: He has a custom helmet with a statuette of a wolf on it. You get it after dealing with him.
- Faking the Dead: If spared, he fakes his death and goes into hiding to do some serious soul searching. This ends up creating a major rift between the Eagle Bearer and Stentor, which can potentially lead to the latter's death if you don't convince Nikolaos to reconnect with him.
- Honor Before Reason: He chose to uphold the traditions of Sparta before the concerns of his family, which leads to their break-up. Because of this, he is still respected in Sparta while the rest of his family is publicly disgraced.
- Honor-Related Abuse: To regain his honor, he cast his eldest child off a cliff as punishment for them pushing a priest off the same cliff while trying to save their younger sibling.
- I Am Not Your Father: He reveals that he is not the Eagle Bearer's biological parent.
- My Greatest Failure: He privately considers his unwillingness to defy Spartan law to protect his children to be his biggest mistake.
- Offing the Offspring: He stood by when the prophecy dictated that his younger child must die, and, although he clearly was torn about it, he dropped his elder child off the cliff himself after they killed a priest to attempt to save their younger sibling.
- Old Soldier: He's still fighting in the Peloponnesian War despite having two fully-grown children.
- Red Baron: He's known as the "Wolf of Sparta" for his strategic prowess. The Cult projected that he could have taken Athens in two months after taking Megaris, which is why they had to eliminate him to draw out the war.
- Would Hurt a Child: His children were a baby and a pre-teen respectively when he approved the death of one and personally dropped the other off a cliff. He wasn't too happy about it though, and his choice still haunts him.
StentorNikolaos' adopted son and a Spartan officer serving under him, adopted after the Eagle Bearer and their sibling were seemingly killed.
- Annoying Younger Sibling: Amusingly, Stentor can share this trait with Deimos in the best ending where the entire family is reunited; the two of them get into a wrestling match after a family dinner while their older step-sibling, step-mother, and step-father look on.
- Cruel Mercy: If he ends up challenging the Eagle Bearer during the Conquerer quest chain and loses, they can spare his life by walking away instead of finishing him off. Disgraced and kicked out of the Spartan army, he becomes Stentor the Fallen, a low-ranking mercenary just like all the others you've met and probably killed before. For someone as fanatically adherent to the Spartan way as he is, this is very much a Fate Worse than Death.
- Deadpan Snarker: In one of the endings to the Family questline (where Nikolaos and Stentor are the only ones who remain), the Eagle Bearer will ask Stentor to pass the wine jug. Instead, Stentor just takes it and downs the entire thing before declaring that they're all out.
- The Fundamentalist: He's an even more fanatical follower of Spartan law than Nikolaos, with absolutely no capacity to think outside of its rigid boundaries. Naturally, this puts him at odds with the Eagle Bearer, especially if you choose dialogue options that criticize The Spartan Way.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: If you kill Nikolaos and subsequently fight Stentor right after, his next appearance will show him with a large scar across the left side of his face, most likely a result of his fight with you.
- Happily Adopted: Is happy to be Nikolaos' stepson.
- Jerkass: He's... not the nicest dude around even on the best of days. Especially if you really did kill Nikolaos, but even if you didn't he still greets the Eagle Bearer by socking them square in the face the moment he lays eyes on them. He'll also turn on them after the region is secure, and even if they spared Nikolaos and he shows up to intervene, Stentor will still insist that the Eagle Bearer deserves to be punished, and only backs down reluctantly at Nikolaos' insistence.
- Replacement Goldfish: He says quite bluntly that he was adopted to replace Nikolaos' original family, who dishonored him. He's actually not that bothered by this, and uses it as motivation to continue to impress his adoptive father.
- Uriah Gambit: When the Eagle Bearer encounters him in Boeotia, he blames them for the death of the Wolf of Spartanote , and makes no attempt to disguise that hes sending them to eliminate the regions most powerful warriors in the hopes that theyll die in the attempt. Hes pretty miffed when the Eagle Bearer succeeds and decides to just kill them himself.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: He is keen on earning the respect and trust of Nikolaos, especially in the Spartan tradition of war. Because of this, he has a poor opinion of his adopted father's original family, who are disgraces in the eyes of Sparta.
- What a Piece of Junk: If available as a lieutenant on the Adrestia after the conclusion of the Family arc of the Odyssey, he has this opinion of the war galley in the literal sense of the trope. Depending on if you have kept up with upgrading her, this trope's meaning may be played straight.
- You Killed My Father: If you kill Nikolaos, he'll walk in on you just as you're leaving and try to kill you. And even if you do spare Nikolaos, he still believes that you killed him since Nikolaos fakes his death and goes into hiding in this scenario, prompting him to turn on you after the Battle of Boeotia unless you convinced Nikolaos to reconnect with him earlier.
A Spartan commander who befriends the Eagle Bearer in Korinth.
- The Atoner: Becomes this when he remembers his war crime in Hades, and accepts his fate to serve the dead in Hades for all eternity rather than get a warrior's rest in Elysium.
- Back-to-Back Badasses: His introduction has him and the Eagle Bearer killing more than a dozen men this way.
- Big Damn Heroes: Comes out of nowhere to save the Eagle Bearer in a burning warehouse full of the Monger's men.
- The Butcher: As revealed in the DLC, Brasidas ordered and torched a village that was allied with the Athenians, earning him the moniker "Brasidas the Butcher" among the village's survivors. When Brasidas learns this action, Hades, who had known all along, also calls him "Butcher" to taunt him.
- Historical-Domain Character: Based on the historical Spartan general Brasidas, who was celebrated for his actions in the first phase of the Peloponnesian War, and is remembered by Plutach as a notable Greek figure.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: As he uses a spear, he does this to people. Deimos can later kill him by impaling his head on his own spear.
- Obligatory War-Crime Scene: At some point in life, he ordered and participated in an attack on a village, where he killed a local man and attacked his pregnant wife who tried to protect her husband. His action killed her unborn child and later she was hung on a tree anyway. This action earned him the moniker "Brasidas the Butcher" which he forgot about completely in his time in the underworld, which amuses Hades into tormenting and twisting a man of honor in the hope of going to Elysium while noting that when confronted with the memory of his crime, his honor would lead him to remain in Hades out of remorse.
- Only a Flesh Wound: Subverted. The first time he fights Deimos at the Battle of Pylos, he gets stabbed and flung to the burning ground in the middle of the battlefield. The next time you see him, he's mostly fine save for a small leg wound and pretty much raring to go for the next round with Deimos. The real life Brasidas was in fact injured in the Battle of Pylos before dying in the Battle of Amphipolis.
- Token Good Teammate: He's this for most of the Spartans in the game, as he's the most consistently helpful to the Eagle Bearer. The Fate of Atlantis deconstructs this as being a good team-mate in a society of warriors still meant he ordered and participated in war crimes all in the name of being a "good Spartan".
- The Worf Effect: He's introduced in a cutscene that shows him to be every bit as badass as the Eagle Bearer. He's later effortlessly killed by Deimos in a few seconds without landing a blow.
TestiklesSparta's several time Pankration champion, set to compete in the Olypmics.
- The Alcoholic: The only time that the Eagle Bearer interacts with him personally, he's completely, absolutely wasted from several amphora's worth of wine. This might also explain why he needed to be moved to the remote island he's training in, after assaulting five men and a bull on the way to buy fruit at the market.
- Bear Hug: Tries to give one to the Eagle Bearer upon their arrival at the Olympic Games. The Eagle Bearer smoothly dodging the attempt directly results in Testikles stumbling off the pier and being eaten by a shark.
- Black Comedy: His entire character arc is an exercise in black comedy, from the Eagle Bearer's first encounter with him to its undignified end.Eagle Bearer: Testikles hasn't even been digested yet and you're already asking me to replace him?
- Butt-Monkey: He turns up in the Underworld in the The Fate of Atlantis DLC, covered in bite marks from the shark that killed him, confronts the Eagle Bearer over a magical flower, and is promptly eaten again by a couple of hellhounds. What we learn of his life before that also doesn't paint the picture of someone who's used to things going his way, and any misfortune that befalls him is exclusively Played for Laughs.
- Dumb Jock: An Olympic Champion, twice the size of the Eagle Bearer and thrice as broad, with but a fraction of the intelligence.
- Epic Fail: The game itself considers his whole life this, outright calling him "an abject failure in life and in death". What interactions the Eagle Bearer has with him don't make it difficult to see why.
- Fratbro: He's big, he loves to party, he's so drunk that he occasionally pukes, and he loves shouting his own name along with "SPARTA!" like it was his favorite sports team whenever he gets the chance.
- No Indoor Voice: He bellows every single word he says, his allegiance to Sparta especially."SPARTA! WOOO!"
- Noodle Incident: Somehow, a simple errand of his to buy fruit at the market involved Testikles beating five men and a bull to a pulp, which led to his trainer exiling him to a remote island until the day he would compete in the Olympic Games. As mentioned above, his alcoholism and below-average intelligence may have had something to do with it.
- Optional Boss: When he turns up in Tartaros looking for the Asphodel flower the Eagle Bearer just picked up, telling him the truth results in a Boss Battle. However, since Testikles is dumb as brick, lying to him instead is immediately accepted by him, and he's eaten again by the local wildlife seconds later.
- Tempting Fate: One of his few lines in Tartaros is about how nice it is there because nothing wants to eat him. Cue the hungry hellhounds and a Gory Discretion Shot that spatters the Eagle Bearer with blood.
- Theme Naming: He has a brother named Testiklos (who was available as a temporary mercenary contract). Likes his brother, Testiklos is a tough nut, though apparently smarter than his brother.
- Vomit Indiscretion Shot: Due to being completely hammered when the Eagle Bearer meets him, their conversation soon gets interrupted by Testikles barfing on the ground between them, only to continue as if nothing happened. It doesn't exactly help to endear him to the Eagle Bearer.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Upon arriving at the Olympic Games, he accidentally falls of a dock, and gets eaten by a shark.
A prominent Athenian general and statesman, as well as the elected strategos of Athens.
- Despair Event Horizon: When the plague in Athens occurs, Perikles feels that he has failed Athens and his friends couldn't shake him out of his despair.
- Hero with Bad Publicity: At the time he appears in the story, Perikles is being ridiculed by Kleon as a Dirty Coward for refusing to meet the Spartan army head-on in battle. Many people in Athens, particularly the working poor, are also losing faith in Perikles' leadership. It's especially jarring because Perikles was, at one time, responsible for building Athens into a center of power in Greece, making the city effectively the capital of the Delian League.
- Hates Being Alone: Inverted. He actually prefers to be alone when not working in the Athenian government, having quite enough of crowds after work.
- Historical Hero Upgrade: Perikles is framed in the game in contrast to Kleon as a kind of peaceful figure. In actual fact, Perikles was one of the primary instigators of the entire war. He repeatedly advocated Athenian expansion, colonization, settlement across the entire Greek world, and he also welcomed and justified the war with Sparta as a just war because the Spartans refused arbitration as part of an earlier deal (which historians are still divided as to whether this was Perikles being disingenuous or him being correct).
- Historical-Domain Character: He is the same person in history who made Athens into a true center of civlization in Greece, built most of the structures on the Acropolis, including the Parthenon, and fostered democracy in Athens as a solid method of government.
- Just the First Citizen: Despite being the head of the state of Attika, he was not a King as he would be in any other Greek state. Sokrates calls him such in his eulogy to all those who fell in the effort to break the Cult's hold. Historically, he was known as this as well, making him at least the Trope Codifier.
- Locked Out of the Loop: Aspasia kept him ignorant about the Cult of Kosmos for his own safety.
- Man of the City: He considers the prosperity and safety of Athens to be his foremost duty. It was for this reason that he commenced architectural projects that were responsible for the construction of buildings such as the Parthenon. Under Perikles' governance, Athens grew into a powerful city whose influence can be felt all over Greece.
- Slashed Throat: He suffers one at the hands of Deimos inside the Parthenon.
- Unwitting Pawn: Aspasia uses him to influence Athenian society to her desires.
Aspasia / The Ghost of Kosmos
The lover and partner of Perikles and an Athenian hetaera. She was also the original leader of the Cult of Kosmos before Deimos took over.
- Affably Evil: She is friendly, sociable and charismatic and would rather persuade others about the nobility of her goals and the benefits they could bring to all of humanity.
- Anti-Villain: She believes in bringing unity and order to the entire world and she is willing to commit the occasional immoral act to do so. However, she's practically a saint compared to the majority of the Cult.
- Big Bad Friend: She is the leader of the Cult of Kosmos but she gradually learns to genuinely like, maybe even love, the Eagle Bearer.
- Behind Every Great Man: She influences Perikles behind the scenes.
- Born in the Wrong Century: She wants humanity to eventually be guided by knowledge, reason, and wisdom rather than by the faith, honor, and patriotism prominent in her time. This train of thought can be considered quite modern by today's philosophical standards.
- Even Evil Has Standards: She hoped to use the Cult to unite the various Greek nations, but was ultimately disappointed with how they act largely for their own selfish benefit. Aspasia also thinks poorly of members who have become obsessed with the Cult's mysticism because of her personal belief in enlightened reason. The last straw for her is when Perikles is murdered by Deimos, which results in Aspasia deciding that the Cult is a lost cause.
- Gameplay and Story Segregation: You get the last clue to uncovering her identity after you deal with Deimos, but even if you finish the Family arc before the Cult arc, the Eagle Bearer will be shocked that she's the Cult's leader when she's confronted.
- Gorgeous Greek: This is one of the requirements of being a hetaera.
- Hidden in Plain Sight: She is a likeable public figure in Athenian society and has friends in almost every corner of Greece. Despite this, she keeps her identity as the Ghost of Kosmos well-hidden.
- Hidden Villain: Her true identity will only be revealed once you clear out all of the other cultists from the chart.
- High Class Callgirl: She is a hetaera, a professional companion who provides intellectual discussion and sex to chosen high-end clients. Her association with these clients has also given her a long list of contacts throughout Greece who provide her or her associates with aid or information if needed.
- Historical-Domain Character: The same courtesan and socialite from ancient Athenian society suggested to have influenced Sokrates and one of the few Athenian women recorded by history.
- In Love with the Mark: She originally earned Perikles' trust with the intention of eventually killing him. Instead, she fell in love with him and also decided that more could be gained by influencing him. Over time, his idealism led her to believe less in the philosophy of the Cult.
- Karma Houdini: You can choose to let her walk rather than kill her on the rationale that she's long since become disillusioned with the Cult as well as the fact that the Cult is essentially destroyed by the time you deal with her.
- Manipulative Bastard: Through Perikles and her various contacts in Greece, she influences Athenian society and politics. She has also used the Greek religion to manipulate people all over the country.
- Parental Substitute: She loosely serves as one for Phoibe, who serves her as an errand girl. Unfortunately, it doesn't last.
- Small Role, Big Impact: Possibly towards human history. Aspasia's belief in unity through reason might have eventually been given some foundation by Alexander the Great, who was once taught by Aristotle, Sokrates' philosophical descendant.
- Sole Survivor: She is the only surviving member of the Cult of Kosmos when her identity is finally uncovered.
- The Chessmaster: Through the Cult, she has controlled all sides of the Peloponnesian War.
- The Man Behind the Man: As the leader of the Cult of Kosmos, she basically guides the actions of an entire group of manipulators to achieve the overall goal of bringing order and unity to all of Greece.
- Took a Level in Kindness: Her love for Perikles and her encounter with the Eagle Bearer gave her hope for a future better than one envisioned by the Cult of Kosmos.
- Trapped in Villainy: After being deposed as leader of the Cult, she wants to leave but knows she can't do so without the risk of being murdered. Aspasia reveals herself as the Ghost of Kosmos to the Eagle Bearer after the rest of the Cult is either killed or turned.
- Visionary Villain: She envisions a future when humanity is united by reason rather than faith and under the wise leadership of a philosopher king.
- We Can Rule Together: She tries to pull the Eagle Bearer over to her side when she's confronted at the end of the Cult arc. Interestingly, the Eagle Bearer is the first to flirt with her in that very same conversation if the player elects to do so, which means the whole thing seems to at least start out on some mutual foundation.
- Zero-Effort Boss: If you choose to kill her, she completely averts Boss in Mook Clothing and goes down in a single hit.
Kleon the EverymanAn Athenian general who is a rival to Perikles. See his entry in The Cult of Kosmos.
A leading Athenian philosopher who befriends the Eagle Bearer and becomes an ally in their quest against the Cult of Kosmos.
- Big Damn Heroes: Attempted by him and Barnabas, who try to spring the Eagle Bearer from jail armed only with a take and a stick. Only to find The Eagle Bearer broke out already.
- Does Not Like Shoes: As in real-life. While he is wearing sandals during Perikles' symposium, it's noted this is one of the few times he's actually done so.
- The Gadfly: Again, much like in real-life, he is extremely fond of proposing, discussing, or setting you on intentionally difficult and controversial subjects and topics, such as the worth of the life of a political prisoner about to be executed. However, he doesn't tell you said prisoner is a violent extremist. He's also fond of arguing the exact same points as his opponent, only using different words to make it seem different.
- Historical-Domain Character: The founder of Western philosophy, and key figure of Athenian culture and society.
- Historical Beauty Upgrade: Sokrates was proverbial for being quite ugly and being judged poorly for it. The game's version looks rather good looking, resembling Mark Addy in Game of Thrones for some reason.
- Historical Hero Upgrade: The famous Socratic problem notes that the impression and ideas we have about him come from the writings of Plato and Xenophon, and are as such heavily filtered by them. The game mostly sticks to Plato's version, since the latter's version is a more shifty character, and in one moment was even implied to be a pimp of sorts.
- Insufferable Genius: Has shades of this in his dealings with other people. He knows he's more intelligent than anyone else in the room and doesn't make a lot of effort to be subtle about it. Depending on your dialogue choices, the Eagle Bearer can either roll with it or get annoyed fast. Much of this stems from other characters taking his questions as his opinion rather than thought experiments, and thus wind up confused that he seemingly has so many different contradicting opinions at once. Through dialogue choices the mithios can either get annoyed fast or, if the player catches on, roll with it and engage with him.
- Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: After Kleon takes power in Athens, Sokrates vows to aid the Eagle Bearer in stopping him and the Cult of Kosmos, even if it means going against Athens' interests in the war.
- Stalker Without a Crush: He frequently turns up exactly where the Eagle Bearer happens to be all over Attika (and even Delos) so that he can ask them moral and philosophical questions.Sokrates: Kassandra/Alexios! What chance that we should meet here.
Kassandra/Alexios: It doesn't really feel like chance...
- Trickster Mentor: Sokrates largely serves as this to the Eagle Bearer. He never tells them exactly what to do or what to think but leads them on to make them take a decision by themselves.
A student of Sokrates and the adopted son of Perikles.
- Acquired Poison Immunity: Hinted at. During the Olympics questline, he drinks some wine which has been poisoned. Everyone else has dropped dead, but Alkibiades manages to hold on long enough for the Eagle Bearer to find a cure.
- Affectionate Nickname: Calls the Eagle-Bearer Lexi/Kassie. His friends call him Allie.
- Bestiality Is Depraved: He's first encountered organizing an orgy in the middle of a party, involving men, women, and at least one goat (though he insists it was just "watching").
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: He acts like a Lovable Sex Maniac whose only focus is sex and pleasure, but he's actually an extremely cunning politician capable of intricate schemes. In the novelization, he also wins first place at the races in the Olympics (Kassandra wins second).
- Damned by Faint Praise: Some fans have called Alkabiades the most trustworthy politician in Ancient Greece. Whether you've studied history or played his missions... that's not saying much for anybody.
- Double Entendre: Nearly every other sentence out of his mouth.
- Everyone Has Standards: While he is ambitious and manipulative, Alkibiades opposes Kleon's tyrannical rule of Athens and the efforts of the Cult of Kosmos.
- Friends with Benefits: With the Eagle Bearer, if the player chooses to sleep with him. Unlike the other romance options, he offers them multiple opportunities to sleep with him, albeit just for the fun of it, without any romantic feelings being involved. His final questline has him noting that his prospective wife, Iris, knows this and supports an open marriage.
- Gorgeous Greek: He's an exemplar of the classic Greek Pretty Boy standard.
- Historical-Domain Character: Alkibiades would ultimately become the most pivotal figure in the Peloponnesian War, proverbial for his back-and-forth switching of sides from Athens and Sparta, whose dark reputation ultimately led to his mentor Sokrates' death, on account of association. His cleverness, hedonism, and promiscuity are historically known.
- Hoist by Their Own Petard: At the end of his quests, he winds up engaged to a woman who is seeking to use him for her own ends, much as he's done to the Eagle Bearer. If they tell him as much, he's actually overjoyed.
- Hot for Teacher: He is Sokrates' student, and relentlessly pursues him, to no avail.Alkibiades: Now, dear teacher, I think you should whisk me away for our private lesson.
Sokrates: I'm afraid I haven't had enough wine for that, Alkibiades.
Alkibiades: Then someone fill his cup!
- Lovable Sex Maniac: He often flirts and has sex with both men and women. There is also more than one opportunity for the Eagle Bearer to accept his propositions.
- Manipulative Bastard: Most of his quests involve tricking the Eagle Bearer into socially damaging or arranging the death of a political enemy of his through the guise of seemingly benign requests. When pressed for answers as to why he keeps lying, he claims to be trying to protect the Eagle Bearer from information that could harm them.
- Pet the Dog: He helps a woman being persecuted by an abusive husband out of Athens. Alexios is amazed that the woman sees Alkibiades as entirely benign, and even more so when Alkibiades admits that he helped that woman for no further political gain but out of "the goodness of his heart and gods curse anyone who doubts that"..
- Really Gets Around: Going along with his status as a Lovable Sex Maniac, he often references many different people who he has slept with.
- Smarter Than You Look: Comes off as a vapid, sex-obsessed fop, but his quest-line shows he has good knowledge of Athenian law and how to subvert it and manipulates the Eagle Bearer into eliminating his political rivals.Alkibiades: "It's time everyone sees a more serious Alkibiades — the Alkibiades I've only shown glimpses of in the past. One day, you'll see everything I was working toward, and you'll know you helped make it happen. Attika and lands far beyond will thank you, even if they don't know your name."
- Troll: One of his quests involve delivering to a Spartan Commander a casting of a penis (specifically, Alkibiades'), along with a message saying that it's what the commander's wife enjoyed. Alkibiades has the Eagle Bearer say the "gift" is from a specific Athenian commander.
- With Friends Like These...: Alkibiades' errands seem simple and obvious on surface but if often leads the Eagle Bearer to be ambushed by assailants or having to infiltrate heavily guarded forts, and almost always having the Eagle Bearer risk their life because of some weird scheme of his.
- Young Future Famous People: You meet Alkibiades during the first leg of the Archidaman War, well before the later stages where he became the central figure of the war, and most controversial man of his age.
- Historical-Domain Character: Some of his plays (e.g. Lysistrata) had survived to modern times, and he did mock Kleon in them.
- Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: Like Sokrates, he aids the Eagle Bearer in bringing down Kleon's regime and fighting the Cult of Kosmos even if it requires breaking the law or hurting Athens' war efforts.
A swindler and hopeful winemaker who took in the Eagle Bearer when they were a child.
- Catchphrase: "Everybody benefits!"
- The Friend Nobody Likes: No one really likes him, due to his general laziness, greediness, and propensity to cause trouble with his schemes. Or at least no one openly admits to liking him. The player is even given the option to refuse to hug him before leaving him ostensibly forever. Even when the Eagle Bearer meets old friends from Kephallonia, they have nothing good to say about Markos.
- Indy Ploy: Fancies himself a planner, but his ideas tend to be spur-of-the-moment decisions, or just vague objectives he has no idea how to accomplish.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Markos is prone to poor decision, is nothing but trouble, and manipulative, but he genuinely cares for the Eagle Bearer and was willing to take in the street urchin, and does the same for Phoibe. He also lends money to people he knows will have trouble paying him back (especially knowing he'll need the money) because he can't stand seeing their family starve.
- Kill the Creditor: His plan to settle his debt to the Cyclops is by having the Eagle Bearer kill him.
- Know-Nothing Know-It-All: Shows shades of this, where he ignores the advice of the qualified personnel running the Vineyard he bought, and just does as he pleases.
- Lovable Coward: A lot of his schemes involve violence or force, which he passes off on the Eagle Bearer rather than do himself.
- Never Lend to a Friend: He's not paid back the Eagle Bearer for a loan they gave him. He even insists that sending you off on a debt collecting job is their money waiting for them with that specific person.
- Parental Substitute: He raised the Eagle Bearer after they fled from Sparta.
- Wacky Parent, Serious Child: Compared to his charge, the Eagle Bearer, Markos is rather irresponsible, unreliable, and whimsical. Some people even wonder how the Eagle Bearer ended up becoming more reliable than their caretaker.
An orphan who idolizes the Eagle Bearer and works for Markos.
- The Artful Dodger: Phiobe is quite assertive that she can take care of herself. She later proves this when she successfully smuggles herself into Athens, and becomes leader of a band of thieving orphans, until Aspasia takes her in as a servant.
- Death of a Child: She's killed by cultists during the plague.
- Little Stowaway: She stows away on a ship to get to Athens after the Eagle Bearer leaves Kephallonia.
- Replacement Goldfish: She ends up filling the spot for Markos that the Eagle Bearer occupied when they were young when they leave the island.
- Street Urchin: Is one, her parents died some years prior. Markos takes her in when the player ends the prologue.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom:
- She led Elpinor's men to find the Eagle Bearer.
- If you side with her in the "Blood Fever" sidequest, her idealism ends up dooming Kephallonia to the plague.
The Cyclops of Kephallonia
A one-eyed money lender and crime boss who holds sway in Kephallonia.
- Berserk Button: Do not make any reference, or vague allusion to him resembling a certain one-eyed, Grecian monster of myth.
- Disproportionate Retribution: Tries to drown Barnabas for saying the words "One-eyed Monster." Barnabas wasn't even talking about him.
- Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": Everyone, even his men, calls him "The Cyclops." Though in a twist, he violently hates the nickname and any comparison to cyclops of myth. He tries to drown Barnabas when he overhears him say "one-eyed monster," and Barnabas wasn't even talking about him! The player is never given the chance to learn his actual name.
- Evil Debt Collector: He'll kill you, your adopted child, and that child's Street Urchin friend if he's not paid.
- Large and in Charge: He's a "Brute" type enemy. So he's about 50% taller than most people, and twice as broad.
- Loan Shark: What he is. He'll go after friends, relatives and acquaintances if he's not paid back.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: "The Cyclops." Though not as strong nor as dangerous as the actual cyclops you can fight late in the game, he still very much is violent, brutal, and all too willing to kill people who earn his ire.
- Psychopathic Manchild: His reaction to having his Berserk Button pressed is rather childish, albeit violent. He's not insulted, he's wounded, and fights back like a schoolyard bully.Eagle Bearer: [as though talking to a small child] Did he say Cyclops? Did he hurt your feelings?
The Cyclops: I don't like it when people call me that!
- Starter Villain: He's the first antagonist the player must deal with in order to leave Kephallonia.
- Would Hurt a Child: He sends his men after Phiobe to get Markos to pay him back.
AletheiaSee her entry in Those Who Came Before.
A blind Persian beggar in Megaris who asks the Eagle Bearer to describe various landmarks they have seen, in exchange for which he will reveal his life's story.
- Cool Old Guy: He's pretty open about who he is, and is otherwise a chill old man who muses about the gods, and man's cruelty to man. He also speaks of his friendship with Themistokles, who led the Greek City States against his Father and Grandfather and was later ostracized (Exiled) from Athens over politics. Themistokles' words of his homeland is what pushed to want to "see" Greece. He's also courteous and friendly to the Eagle Bearer, a grandchild of Leonidas, who was also one of his family's enemies.
- Cycle of Revenge: He wants nothing to do with it, but he does note that honor dictates the Eagle Bearer should kill him to avenge Leonidas. It's up to the player to let Persian assassins kill him, or save him as there's no honor in killing a peaceful blind man.
- Friendly Enemy: He became a close friend of Themistokles, whom he saw as a father figure. He's also friendly to the player despite them being Leonidas' grandchild.
- Historical-Domain Character: If you know your game lore and Persian history, it's pretty obvious who he is. The name of the quest "Prince of Persia," his own name, along with his early mention that Darius, the historical assassin who killed Xerxes and Darius of Persia also tried to kill him make it abundantly clear he's Artaxerxes I of Persia, Xerxes I's son, long before the reveal comes around.
- Interface Spoiler: The subtitle reveal his name before he actually gives it (After the third landmark), which can spoil the surprise if one knows their history. See Historical-Domain Character above.
- King Incognito: He's the rightful heir of the Persian throne, but he was deposed by his brother Darius II, and now lives as a beggar.Eagle Bearer: You don't look like a king.
Artaxerxes: That's the point. I'm hiding.
- Like Father, Unlike Son: At the end of Legacy of the First Blade, the Eagle Bearer can find a note in an Order hideout stating that Darius hadn't tried to assassinate him - the Order just made it look like he did because no matter what they tried, they couldn't convince Artaxerxes around to being a Puppet King for them.
- Mythology Gag: His quest line is called Prince of Persia, after Ubisoft's other big franchise.
- Pre-Order Bonus: His quest is a Pre-Order DLC.
- Riches to Rags: From Emperor of Persia to a blind beggar in Greece.
The legendary mathematician, philosopher, and occultist. Also the Eagle Bearer's biological father.
- Badass Baritone: Has a very deep, authoritative voice heavy with the weight of his age.
- The Chessmaster: The entire reason he fathered the Eagle Bearer is so he'd have someone strong enough to fight the Cult and protect Atlantis.
- Darwinist Desire: He chose to have children with Myrrine specifically because she is also descended from a line with particularly high amounts of Isu DNA.
- Died in Your Arms Tonight: He dies in his child's arms after giving the Staff of Hermes Trismegistus to them.
- Elderly Immortal: He's immortal because of the Staff of Hermes Trismegistus, but looks like an old man, presumably because he was already old when he found the staff.
- Final Boss: If you choose to fight him, he's the last boss of the final storyline.
- Immortality: Thanks to Hermes' staff, he's still alive despite being 150 years old.
- Lack of Empathy: His reaction to the Eagle Bearer being angry about being abandoned by him is to basically go "Whatever" and treat it as them as being overly emotional.
- Mortality Ensues: He dies after giving up the Staff of Hermes Trismegistus.
- Motive Decay: He started out wanting to seal Atlantis away forever so that nobody could use the Isu knowledge stored within against humanity. By the time the Eagle Bearer finally hands him the tools to carry out this plan, he's become obsessed with studying said Isu knowledge instead and requires a whole lot of convincing (of the verbal or the violent kind) to stand down.
- Optional Boss: If the Eagle Bearer attempts to take the Staff of Hermes Trismegistus from him by force, Pythagoras fights back with the full power of his Isu artifact and becomes the most challenging boss in the game. Avoiding the fight requires nothing but choosing the non-violent dialogue option.
- Parental Abandonment: He had no intention to stay and raise his children, leaving that to Myrrine as he sought only to propagate their bloodlines.
- Passing the Torch: He seeks to have the Eagle Bearer take over the role of defending Atlantis.
- The Stoic: He views emotions as a weakness. He expected Myrrine to teach her children to be less emotional.
- Super Breeding Program: He's got a high amount of Isu DNA, like Myrrine. It's why he sought her out to further their bloodline and create children with strong Isu genes. Myrinne consented... and so the Eagle Bearer came to be.
SkouraThe former champion of the Pephka Arena, now hosting the fights and looking for a new champion to rise to the same fame as him.
Born Artabanus, a Persian proto-Assassin in the fifth century BCE who killed both Xerxes the Great and his son Darius, who were members of the Order of the Ancients.
He finally makes an in-game appearance in Assassin's Creed Odyssey in the DLC, Legacy of the First Blade, seeking the Eagle-Bearer to recruit them and others like them into the fight against the Order of the Ancients.
- Ancient Tomb: His tomb is located in the Santa Maria Novella in Florence, Italy.
- Badass Beard: Had a goatee; by the time of Assassin's Creed Odyssey, he's grown it into a full beard.
- Badass Cape: Wears a long white cape, and even as an old man, he's capable of taking out dozens of skilled Spartan and Persian warriors, and fighting evenly with the Eagle Bearer.
- Blade Below the Shoulder: He was the first user of the Assassins' iconic Hidden Blade (episode 2 of Legacy of the First Blade reveals he made it himself). Unlike the more recent Assassins, his Blade was actually meant to be worn on the outside of the forearm rather than the inside.
- Famed In-Story: The Assassins regard him as one of their most famous members.
- Historical-Domain Character: The historical Artabanus was either a vizier or chief bodyguard to Xerxes the Great, and was involved in a conspiracy that ended with both he and his son Darius dead, and Artabanus himself personally killed via sword either in battle or as an execution by Artaxerxes I of Persia, who then ascended to the throne.
- Historical Hero Upgrade:
- An in-universe one as it appears the modern day Assassins actually have no relationship to Darius whatsoever. While he killed Xerxes the Great with a Hidden Blade, Bayek and Aya only received the self-same blade via Cleopatra as a present. "Legend of the First Blade" reveals that he belonged to an Assassin-like order dedicated to fighting the Order of the Ancients in Persia.
- Apart from that, it's believed Artabanus just murdered Darius and Xerxes in the name of personal ambition, when instead it was in the name of defending freedom.
- I Work Alone: His attitude when the Eagle Bearer meets him. His child points out this isn't necessarily the best attitude to have when you're no longer a young man.
- Let's You and Him Fight: At the beginning of the Legacy DLC, he attempts to stealth-kill the Eagle Bearer and ends up being the first boss fight until Natakas/Neema (Determined by the opposite gender of the Eagle Bearer) intervenes.
- Long Dead Badass: Is long dead by Ezio's time.
- Murder Is the Best Solution: He felt the best way to deal with Order was to kill everyone involved, including any Puppet King they had, and any kid they had who might have potentially joined them. Amorges disagreed.
- Precursor Heroes: He predates the Hidden Ones, the Precursor Heroes themselves to the Assassins, but his Hidden Blade became that of Bayek and inspired the use of the weapon for millennia to come. He also began the practice of recruiting warriors with Eagle Vision — who he calls Tainted Ones — into the fight against the Order.
- Professional Killer: Like most Assassins.
- Stealth Hi/Bye: He likes pulling these on the Eagle Bearer.
- Stern Chase: Killing Xerxes, and then trying to kill his son, meant he and his family had to go on the run, the Order pursuing them the whole way. Come episode 2, they've taken up the chase again.
- Sugar-and-Ice Personality: In episode 2 of the DLC, he has developed into this as his surviving child settles down with the Eagle Bearer.
- That Man Is Dead: He used to be known as Artabanus. He's very firm on the fact that guy is dead now.