Page for other characters groups in the Assassin's Creed franchise that don't fit into the time periods of the games.
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Doctor Aileen Bock
Appears in: Black Flag
Aileen was a Abstergo Industries scientist in the early 1980's who developed the Surrogate Initiative, which allowed people to use the Animus to view other peoples' memories.
- Amicably Divorced: She and her ex-husband Karl seem on very good terms. It is implied that Aileen's dedication to her work is what caused their divorce.
- Married to the Job: She jokes that she should put a bed in her lab considering how long she stays there.
- Missing Mom: Has a strained relationship with her son.
- Posthumous Character: She died sometime before 2013, when the research analyst listens to the recordings of her work.
- Professor Guinea Pig: She tests the Surrogate Animus technology on herself, and ends up having to retire after a lab accident in the Animus damages her mind.
- Unwitting Pawn: To the Templars, who use her research to search for Pieces of Eden and eventually perfect it after her death.
Appears in: Assassin's Creed: Initiates, Origins
- Voiced By: Unknown
An employee at the Discovery and Acquisitions subdivision of Abstergo in Philadelphia. She later serves as Layla Hassan's Mission Control in Origins while she researches the memories of Bayek of Siwa.
- Affectionate Nickname: Layla calls her "Dee".
- Ambiguously Bi: Dr. Saravakos notes that both her and Milton Jones' temperatures increased in a way commonly associated with attraction when they touched, and she and Layla act as if their relationship isn't entirely platonic, both calling the other "Sweetheart" at points.
- Ambiguous Situation: Near the end of Origins she is captured, and implied to be murdered, by Abstergo agents who wish to silence both her and Layla for their research into the origins of the Assassins and Templars. Eventually, Odyssey implies she is alive, and Abstergo are holding her hostage.
- Canon Immigrant: Makes her first in-game appearance in Origins after first appearing in Initiates.
- The Faceless: In Initiates we only see her hand as she takes Milton Jones' blood.
- Mission Control: For Layla in Origins, making sure that she won't kill herself using her specially made Animus.
Appears in: Assassin's Creed Origins, Odyssey
- Voiced By: Chantel Riley Dubs
Deanna: Well this time, you lit the book on fire and then stomped on it!
An Egyptian-American Abstergo employee researching the memories of Bayek of Siwa.
- Ambiguously Gay: She only describes Deanna as her best friend, but while mourning her, she calls her "sweetheart" in a way that could be romantic or platonic.
- Blade Below the Shoulder: She acquires Aya's Hidden Blade and uses it to deadly effect against Abstergo agents sent to silence her.
- Brooklyn Rage: Lived in New York City until she was at least 16 years old and still has a New York accent, and after going under the Bleeding Effect, becomes quite the skilled warrior.
- Captain Oblivious: Despite gathering a huge amount of data on Abstergo over the years, and despite having some suspicions that there's something going on with them, she fails to put two and two together and realise they're a bunch of evil bastards.
- The Chosen One: By Alethia, to be the next holder of the Staff of Hermes.
- Contrasting Sequel Main Character: Compared to Desmond, the Research Analyst, and Numbskull. They were all, to one extent or another, Vanilla Protagonists who the player could identify with easily and step into their shoes. By contrast, Layla is a fully fleshed-out character with a proper arc and established personality.
- The Corruptible: Part of the Fate of Atlantis DLC is her and Alethia takes steps to make sure the Staff does not corrupt her the way it did Pythagoras.
- Duct Tape for Everything: How she attaches Aya's Hidden Blade to her forearm in a hurry when Abstergo's Sigma Team shows up to kill her. It's one of the more sensible examples of this trope and works appropriately well.
- Dude, Where's My Respect?: She's doing independent research on Bayek and Aya so that Abstergo will be forced to give her credit after she got none for being behind the design of the Animus 4.3. On top of Abstergo murdering Deanna, it's also why she decides to go with William Miles in the ending.
- Gadgeteer Genius: Helped create the Animus 4.3 first seen in the movie, and personally designed the one used in Origins. Not getting any credit for the former is what fuels her actions during the game. The final Isu message suggests she might actually be able to build an Animus that can change the past.
- HeelFace Turn: While she was at worst a Punch-Clock Villain, after putting a target on her back and killing her friend, Layla vows to get back at Abstergo by allying with William Miles and the Assassins.
- Heroic RRoD: Having to go through some of Deimos' memories does a serious number on her, made worse by the fact Layla cannot opt out of them, and not for lack of trying.
- Immortality: Since the Eagle Bearer passes the Staff of Hermes Trismegistus on to her at the end of Odyssey, it can be assumed that she now has the same immortality that they had because of it.
- Out of Focus: Compared to Desmond, the last fully-fledged modern day protagonist before her, she has significantly less screentime in the games she's in, especially since the historical setting stories are expanded compared to earlier games.
- The Red Baron: Alethia addresses her as the Heir of Memories.
- Sanity Slippage: While she hasn't broken yet, she does begin to suffer from the Bleeding Effect as a result of using the Animus, at one point referring to Deanna as Aya.
- Take Up My Sword: At the end of Odyssey, she's given the Staff of Hermes Trismegistus by the Eagle Bearer.
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Initially, with some of her team. A note on her laptop has her being informed that if she kills Victoria Biebau, she's out of a job.
- This Cannot Be!: At the end of Odyssey, she has this reaction to the Eagle Bearer being alive and well in the present day after spending so much time as them in the Animus.
- We Used to Be Friends: With Sophia Rikkin, who convinced her to work for Abstergo, and used Layla's ideas to improve the Animus, but then ignored her emails before point-blank refusing Layla's requests to actually work on the Animus personally. This seemed to end whatever friendship they had. And if that didn't, then sending agents to murder Layla and Dee definitely did.
- You Have Researched Breathing: She needs to undergo the Bleeding Effect with the best freerunner in the franchise to learn how to climb a ledge that barely reaches up to her shoulders. At least she picks up the rest of his climbing skills as well while she's at it.
Appears in: Black Flag
The protagonist of the modern segments as of Assassin's Creed IV, who works for Abstergo Entertainment.
- Featureless Protagonist: The research analyst is one of these, and accordingly the non-Animus segments are from a first-person perspective. Their name is unknown and the only hint of identity given is the fact that they were chosen to be Juno's host by the reincarnation of Juno's lover, so probability shifts towards them being a woman.
- The Gift:
- Melanie remarks that the research analyst is extremely skilled at operating the Animus and achieving synchronization with Edward's memories. It speaks to her faith in the analyst's skills that she allowed them to be in charge of Abstergo Entertainment's highest priority project on their first day on the job, after being heavily threatened by her superior to make sure it was a success. She even refers to the analyst as Abstergo Entertainment's best employee, which can't be too much of an exaggeration considering she leaves them in charge of Edward's memories even after that.
- Rogue reveals that the people who interface with the memories of those with high concentrations of First Civilization DNA need to have high concentrations themselves.
- Grand Theft Me: Juno and John/Aita planned for Juno to perform one on the research analyst, but John jumped the gun and Juno was not yet ready to assume a mortal form when John presented them to her.
- Heroic Mime: To keep with the above trope, the protagonist has no voice acting.
- Highly Visible Ninja: A bit of Gameplay and Story Segregation, but you can hack computers in broad daylight with someone else sitting on them, with you looking over their shoulders and hacking it with your tablet. That Abstergo security still thinks you are Beneath Suspicion at the end, well, that's The Guards Must Be Crazy to another level, since unlike the Animus which is a simplified simulation, this is supposed to be real-life.
- Locked Out of the Loop: Like most people, the research analyst knows nothing about the Assassins and the Templars. Once John teaches them how to hack computers and gives them administrative privileges, this begins to change and they can uncover cryptic clues to the whole mess. Of course, the player is considerably more well informed than the analyst.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: We don't know their real name at all.
- Samus Is a Girl: It's never spelled out explicitly, as the research analyst has no voice acting and no in-game model, but the fact that John/Aita attempted to use them as Juno's host implies that they are a woman. Then again, it seems unlikely something as arbitrary as gender would discourage Juno from reincarnating so she could conquer the world. She has been waiting for this for several millenia after all...
- Sequel Hook: After John is killed by Abstergo security guards, Shaun and Rebecca reveal themselves to the analyst as Assassins. Given their Heroic Mime status, we don't find out the response.
- Unwitting Pawn: From the start, John manipulates the research analyst into assisting the Assassins with intel-gathering. While the player with knowledge of the series' mythology can easily tell what's going on, the analyst is a completely unremarkable civilian and has no way of even comprehending what's going on behind the scenes, at first.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Helix Rift Data unlocked in Unity states that they left Abstergo Entertainment after the modern day events of Black Flag. Given their collaboration with the Assassins and the nature of Abstergo's employee policy, it's not clear if they are still alive.
Helix research analyst, aka Numbskull
Appears in: Rogue
The main protagonist of the modern segments as of Assassin's Creed: Rogue, who works for Abstergo Entertainment's Helix department.
- Deadpan Snarker: Like the previous research analyst, some of the notes they write have hints of this. For example:Numbskull: I should help restore some computers and clean up some tablets. The sooner everything is cleaned up, the sooner life can get back to normal. Ha. What's normal?Numbskull: (On cleaning up the computers for their colleagues) They'll never know to thank me, but I'm sure I can guilt them into buying me a few drinks.
- Evil Counterpart: To the research analyst. While at the end of Black Flag is it implied that the research analyst joins the Assassins, at the of Rogue Numbskull is offered a position in the Templar's inner circle, at gunpoint.
- Featureless Protagonist: Like the research analyst, no personal information is given about him or her. Unlike the research analyst, there aren't even hints about his/her gender.
- Heroic Mime: Goes with Featureless Protagonist.
- Join or Die: At the end, "Numbskull" is given two choices: a Templar membership from Melanie or a bullet to the brain from Otso Berg.
Appears in: Black Flag, Initiates, Watch_Dogs
- Voiced By: Vincent Hoss-Desmarais
Olivier is the Chief Creative Officer of Abstergo Entertainment.
- Benevolent Boss: He has this reputation among his employees and on first meeting the Player Character and learning he's working on Edward Kenway lapses into a pirate imitation that is lame but makes him endearing. You can't help feel bad for getting killed by Aiden Pierce in Chicago.
- Bread and Circuses: He cites this example to Melanie in a Chat Log when he asks her to force her staff to work overtime and on holidays by bringing token gifts and wine and champagne to work so that they can please their bosses.
- Canon Welding: The mission that Aiden Pearce undertakes to kill him in Watch_Dogs confirms that both series take place in the same universe.
- The Chains of Commanding: He voices angst regarding this, noting that he has to force his employees to work harder because Abstergo Industries wants the memory of the Observatory, and even notes that Laetitia England probably has the same pressures on her end.
- Punch-Clock Villain: He's working for Laetitia England to dig up information on the Observatory within Edward's memories, but is far more interested in making an interesting product than whatever it is the Templars want from him. Although according to writer Darby McDevitt, Olivier is the only one at Abstergo Entertainment who knows they are working for Templars during Black Flag, and may in fact be one himself.
- Put on a Bus: He disappears near the end of Black Flag, having evidently been kidnapped in Chicago. Watch_Dogs reveals that he ended up as a target for one of the game's assassination missions. Scanning him with cTOS reveals that he was marked for death by the Assassins.
- Viewers Are Morons: He's good natured and genial, but his notes on the database express this view.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: AC4 doesn't reveal what exactly happened to him after he got kidnapped in Chicago.
- A mission in another Ubisoft game, Watch_Dogs, set in Chicago, reveals exactly what happened to him; protagonist Aiden Pearce was outsourced by the Assassins — or someone else masquerading as them — to take Garneau out.
- A log file on Garneau can be found while playing as Layla in Origins. While it's not confirmed whether it was a body double or not, a photo shows Pearce shooting what appears to be Olivier, in the same location as the mission in Watch Dogs.
Appears in: Black Flag, Rogue
- Voiced By: Cristina Rosato
Melanie is Project Supervisor of the Sample 17 product. In Rogue, she is the new head of Abstergo Entertainment.
- Dye Hard: In-Universe. One of the logs in Assassin's Creed Initiates has one of the workers saying the dye job is so obvious she's not fooling anybody.
- Executive Meddling: Discussed in-universe in a way that justifies the Never Trust a Trailer of the original teaser.
- Foreshadowing: At several points in Black Flag's database, she shows some very Templar attitudes (asking another co-worker if he dislikes order, for example). She adapts quickly to the Templar mindset on joining them properly.
- Good Cop/Bad Cop: In Rogue, she plays this to Violet Da Costa and Juhani Otso Berg. She's just as much a Templar as them, only she's kinder and nicer, whereas the other two are aggressive Jerkasses. Any illusion of differences between them goes out at the end when she stands next to Otso Berg and shows "Numbskull" a Templar Ring while Berg points a pistol to their head.
- Gratuitous French: Speaks to one receptionist in French; justified, being in Montreal and whatnot.
- Punch-Clock Villain:
- Like Olivier, she's working for Laetitia, but none too fond of it — although the lead writer for AC4 revealed that only Olivier knew that their bosses were Templars.
- Subverted in Rogue, as she is revealed to have joined the Templars as Olivier's replacement.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: After the increasing amount of hacking gets everyone on edge, she calmly relocates everyone to solitary confinement while the situation is sorted out. She also drops the matter once John is busted at the very end, even though all the evidence strongly — and correctly — implicated you, although it could have been that John coerced you into it.
- Slowly Slipping Into Evil: Unity shows Melanie being talked into doing reprehensible ideas by the Templars in the name of "security", such as frying the brains of those trying to access data from the Helix.
- To Be Lawful or Good: She suffers from this when she locks down the Abstergo campus and essentially imprisons everyone in the campus, violating all kinds of civil rights which she is seemingly entitled to do because John from IT tells her they all signed up for it in their contracts. Melanie doesn't argue that point or dispute that but she still feels bad all the same.
- You Are in Command Now: After Olivier leaves the picture, she goes from being your direct superior to serving as the head of the Sample 17 project.
Appears in: Black Flag
- Voiced By: Oliver Milburn
John is the head IT technician of Abstergo Entertainment's Montreal office. He blackmails the research analyst into hacking Abstergo's servers for him, as part of a larger plan he is keeping hidden.
- Beard of Evil: Subverted. Despite the image on the right, the actual game depicts him as having the same handlebar mustache that his predecessor Bartholomew Roberts had.
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: In hindsight, his fits of rage towards the research analyst can be this, seeing as how he chose them to become Juno's vessel so they could become lovers once more.
- Big Bad: Of the modern day storyline in Black Flag.
- Blackmail: After he teaches you to hack, he threatens to rat you out as a hacker if you prove uncooperative with his demands.
- Cloudcuckoolander: John is pretty weird and he gets weirder as they story progresses. The barely coherent notes he leaves make Subject 16 sound like a model of clarity.
- The hacking and puzzle changes which unlock lore, all of which initiated by a mysterious hacker who leaves notes behind. Are we talking about John from IT or good old Subject 16? The fact that John suffers from Post-Historical Trauma because of milennia of memories in his DNA only strengthens the bond.
- Posthumously, he becomes an expy of Desmond, as both men's bodies are used as the genesis for a much grander experiment by Abstergo Entertainment to unlock the secrets of Precursor history.
- The Faceless: Despite calibrating your Animus at the start of the game, his face is obscured by loose panelling and he spends the rest of the game as a Voice with an Internet Connection. That's because seeing his face would be The Reveal.
- Faux Affably Evil: Despite claiming to be one of the good guys, his occasionally polite but regularly bullying demeanour paints him as this.
- Grand Theft Me: Like Black Bart and unlike Thom Kavanaugh, he seems to have Aita completely take over his mind.
- Humanoid Abomination: Is one of Aita's Sages, retaining his face, memories and distinct heterochromia.
- Right from the start, he's not a terribly pleasant person, and seems to think you're little more than a tool to belittle. That's because that's PRECISELY what he thinks of you (and everyone else, for that matter), being the reincarnation of Aita.
- Jerkass Has a Point: When he's pulled the research analyst headfirst into the Templar-Assassin war, he practically taunts them with the fact that many central facets of society are controlled by the Templars, but also reassures them that he's working for the Assassins, the good guys. This is notable because his ultimate loyalty is to Juno and himself, not to the Templars or Assassins.
- Playful Hacker: He rather flippantly grants you increasingly higher security clearance and teaches you how to hack your fellows' computers, though his playfulness quickly turns into bullying.
- Villainous Breakdown: He doesn't take Juno's decision to not possess the research analyst quite yet very well, reaching even Cluster F-Bomb levels.
- "As above, so below."
Another group that has vied for control of the Pieces of Eden throughout history, sometimes coming into conflict with both the Templars and Assassin Order while also being manipulated by them. Founded by the Pythagoras and his followers, the Hermetic Order is obsessed with transforming mankind. During the Renaissance, the Hermeticists were led by Ercole Massimo and fought the Assassin Order over an Apple of Eden and the location of the Temple of Pythagoras. During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the Hermeticists were reborn as the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, a occultist group that came into possession of two volumes of The Book.
The original founder of the Order, Pythagoras was an ancient Greek mathematician in the 6th century BCE. He and his bodyguard Kyros of Zarax traveled around the world, until they encountered Hermes and Pythagoras was granted a Staff of Eden. For tropes regarding his appearance in Odyssey, see here.
Kyros of ZaraxBodyguard and protege of Pythagoras who accompanied him in his travels around the world. For tropes regarding his appearance in Odyssey, see here.
William Robert Woodman
One of the three refounders of the Hermeticists, which was named the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn. He was killed by his fellow founders, but lived on in a mysterious state after his death.
- Attending Your Own Funeral: Not a usual example of this trope, since he is indeed dead.Woodman: I am fortunate. After all, it is not everyday that one gets a chance to see his own funeral.
- The Chessmaster: Of the chess-playing kind.
- Death Seeker: He welcomed his death because he was tired of being trapped in an old and failing body, and because he knew that either Mathers or Westcott was behind the attack and he simply wanted to help one of his friends one last time.
- Easily Forgiven: He harbors no hard feelings toward Mathers and Monia for having him killed.
- Face Death with Dignity: When poisoned by an assassin (not an Assassin), he did not let the assassin know he knew he was there or resist his attack.Woodman: The assassin is right behind me. I feel his presence, though he has not made a sound. I close my eyes and take one last breath, for I see no reason to resist him. Besides, how could I? I'm just an old man stuck in a broken body. The poison spreads quickly through my veins. Gladly, I welcome it.
- My Death Is Only The Beginning: He's still around.
- Our Ghosts Are Different: He's some kind of ghost-like being able to be seen by a very small number of people and has some knowledge of the future. Plus, his experiences as a ghost are somehow available for Abstergo's Project Legacy, and he seems aware that someone is viewing his memories and has viewed other peoples' memories as well.
- Reports of My Death Were Greatly Exaggerated: Actually, they weren't, but when Woodman attended his own funeral, he commented that the ceremony was "well performed — though completely useless".
Samuel Liddell Mathers
One of the founding members of the modern Hermeticists, and Moina's husband. He is known as the Evoker of Spirits and is the Imperator of the Order. He and William Wynn Westcott had Woodman assassinated, and Mathers later seized sole control over the Hermetic Order.
- The Chessmaster: Clearly thinks of himself as one, even playing chess with Woodman after his death. While he does a good job against Westcott, Mathers notably never wins a game against Woodman and is a pawn of the Templars.
- Manipulative Bastard: He has Edmund William Berridge, one of his trusted acolytes, leave documents in a cab that detailed Westcott's interest in black ritualistic magic, which were turned over to the authorities after being found. Westcott was forced to resign from the Hermetic Order due to the public investigation, giving Mathers sole control over the Order.
- Secret Keeper: He knew about Woodman's odd post-death state, but unlike his wife or Crowley, could not see him.
- Seer: He can see "beyond the corporal" and thus knew that Woodman survived after death, although he could not see him.
- Unwitting Pawn: To the Templars, who were operating under the guise of the "Secret Chiefs" at that time.
- We Used to Be Friends: With Westcott, disagreeing with him over transcribing secrets from the Book of Abraham and killing Woodman. He does still consider Woodman his friend, and the feeling is mutual, even after Woodman is killed.
Moina Mathers (nee Bergson)
A Swiss Assassin, Monia was ordered to infiltrate the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn after the Assassins learned that it was being funded by the Templar Order. She married founder Samuel Mathers, and eventually became the "Seeress" of the occult group.
- Alliterative Name: After marrying Samuel.
- I Love the Dead: She performed a sexual ritual with the corpse of Woodman (although Woodman notes they kept his body somewhat alive "through means you could not possibly imagine"), hoping to be able to, along with her husband, control his ghostly form. However, this failed.
- In the Hood: Like all Assassins, she wears a hood.
- I See Dead People: She is one of only two people who can see Woodman after his death, and can communicate with him.
- The Mole: She was supposed to be the Assassin Brotherhood's mole among the Hermeticists, but eventually joined it for real.
- Becoming the Mask: Possibly related to her marriage to Samuel Mathers.
William Wynn Westcott
One of the founding members of the modern Hermeticists. He and Samuel Liddell Mathers had Woodman assassinated out of fear.
Also known as the "Beast", Crowley was given the title of "Adeptus Minor" after being brought into the inner order of the group by Samuel Mathers in an attempt to shore up his waning support.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: Easy to anger.
- I See Dead People: Like Monia, he can see Woodman.
- Near-Villain Victory: As the Altair II crew note in Odyssey, if he had gotten his hands on the Staff of Hermes Trigemestus, the Templars would've won things then and there.
- Red Baron: He becomes known as "The Beast".
- The Starscream: He tried to take over the entire Order at one point, and was called "the wickedest man in the world".
Other Individuals - Present
Appears in: Brahman
An engineer of the IT company Mysore Tech, he's engaged to Monima Das. He recently begins work on the Brahman V. R. console.
- Adorkable: Quite a few times. It's what Monima likes about him. Though he himself feels angst about it sometime.
- The Everyman: Unlike all the protagonists in the series so far - Desmond, Daniel Cross, Subject 16 - as well as the historical figures, Jot is a simple, ordinary middle-class guy with no real baggage in his past or great destiny. His entry into the conflict shows the Assassins and Templars from a decidedly darker light.
- Famous Ancestor: He assumes that Arbaaz Mir is his ancestor. He realizes that its actually the mute sidekick Raza, a lower-caste shudra which greatly upsets him.
- Trauma Conga Line: Misery after misery gets piled on the poor guy.
Appears in: Brahman
A glamorous Bollywood actress, model and style diva, Monima and Jot Soora are engaged but keep their relationship out of the public spotlight for the sake of both their careers.
- Character Death: She winds up killed.
- El Cid Ploy: After her death, Mysore use a few tricks to create a digital Monima to finish her last works.
- Expy: She resembles quite a few Bollywood actresses such as Aishwarya Rai or Priyanka Chopra.
- Famous Ancestor: She's a descendant of Maharaja Ranjit Singh, one of the most famous of Indian rulers. She's also descended from Arbaaz Mir, and therefore likely also descended from Henry Green and Evie Frye.
The CEO of MysoreTech, a Bangalore based IT company that has recently engaged in partnership with Abstergo Industries.
- Ambiguously Evil: He is hinted to either be a Templar or their ally, giving what could be interpreted as subtle threats to Jot. At the Assassin hideout, a stolen MysoreTech computer can be seen connected to the Abstergo Cloud using Ajay's credentials, which identifies him as having "Agent" status. Rogue confirms his direct Templar affiliations.
- Benevolent Boss: Cultivates this image and pulls it off fairly well, playing squash with his employees in his downtime.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: Has few reservations about marketing a product like Brahman V.R. which can potentially upload the memories of its users and ancestors on the Cloud database without their consent, giving Abstergo free reign to plunder their memories for their own uses.
- Smug Snake: Whether he's benevolent or not, he gives of this impression.
Appears in: Assassin's Creed: Templars, Assassin's Creed: Uprising
A shell-shocked Vietnam veteran, brought in to Abstergo so they can analyse his genetic memories.
- Badass Bookworm: He's pretty well-read, having knowledge of the works of Carl Jung, and he's a former soldier.
- Fanboy: He's got a fondness for Star Trek.
- In-Series Nickname: Dre.
- Living Macguffin: Abstergo wish to use his genetic memories to find out what happened to his ancestor, Albert Bolden, who was last seen in 1927, as part of a plan to find the Koh-I-Noor Diamond. When it turns out he isn't related to Albert Bolden's ancestor Solomon "Solo" Bolden, he seems to have some connection to another Black Cross.
- Morality Pet: His common soldier background does a lot to bring out the better sides of Otso Berg.
- Number Two: Becomes this to Otso Berg in his role as the Black Cross, even making his suit for him.
- Shell-Shocked Veteran: Has PTSD as a result of some of the actions he took during the Vietnam War.
- Took a Level in Badass: Thanks to one, brief exposure to the Animus, André - a seventy-two year old man with shell-shock - is able to effortlessly overpower two security guards.
- Voice with an Internet Connection: His role for Berg as the Black Cross, when he's not using the suit himself.
An enigmatic group opposing Abstergo, e-mailing both players of Project Legacy and Desmond in Brotherhood. They're also present in the hacked versions of the III's Abstergo Videos and in Liberations, where they help the player reveal the truth behind Aveline. They are further alluded to in the multiplayer section of Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag
- The Caper: Some members of the Erudito Collective participated in an online heist that "erased" $10 million from several banks, described as a "Houdini heist". Abstergo co-operated with the FBI and CSIS to track them down.
- Foil: To the Initiates, who are content to sit aside and observe and record events but not intervene, whereas Erudito are hacktivists who like to troll Abstergo and publicly humiliate them. As of Black Flag, the Initiates are still running while Erudito have suffered a setback.
- Full-Circle Revolution: Eventually some of their members get captured and some of them work for Abstergo now.
- He Who Must Not Be Seen: They communicate solely through emails.
- I Am Legion: They are a collective of hackers attempting to unravel the lies of Abstergo.
- I Fought the Law and the Law Won: Their repeated pestering of Abstergo eventually led to a crackdown, and several of them were caught.
- Meaningful Name: Italian for "scholar" or "learned one."
- The Mole: It's suggested that some of the Erudito members who work for Abstergo are part of some scheme.
- Playful Hacker: Most of the time.
- Ripped from the Headlines: Assuredly based on Anonymous.
- Seeker Archetype: They seek the truth.
- Spirit Advisor: Well, virtual advisors.
- Troll: Seems to get a kick out of messing with Abstergo. In fact, they are basically the Assassin's Creed setting's version of Anonymous.
- What the Hell, Hero?: In Project Legacy, depending on your quiz answers.
- Wild Card: While they oppose Abstergo, as far as we know they aren't aligned with the Assassins. In Brotherhood, they give Desmond passwords to the other Assassins' email accounts so that he can monitor their exchanges on his own terms. In the Black Flag multiplayer, it's revealed that several of their members participated in a cybercrime that deleted $10 million in life savings, devolving into petty larceny.
An enigmatic group who may or may not be related to Erudito who mainly monitor the Assassin-Templar conflict.
- Audience Surrogate: In many ways, the Initiates are meant to represent the fanbase. They observe the Templar-Assassin war from a safe distance and make detailed records of the war's events, just like the fans writing detailed articles on the wiki. The real life version of their website is one of the biggest forums dedicated solely to the game franchise. Shaun even hacks the website at one point and asks "us" to side with the Assassins.
- It's Not You, It's My Enemies: End up on the receiving end after the Assassins decide to cut ties with them in order to stop them from being attacked by Abstergo.
- The Mole: The Altair II has an Initiates spy on board. It turns out there are two moles aboard the ship, Dr. Chiu and Eric Cooper.
- Mysterious Backer: They were formed by four unknown individuals who help direct the organization, and they receive funding from wealthy donors and other concerned people.
- Wild Card: Are neither with the Assassins or the Templars, and spy on both.
The Instruments of the First Will
A cult of Juno worshippers who serve her in the belief she will lead them into "the Grey".
- Beware the Silly Ones: Despite their odd nature and generally crazy attitude, some of the Templar higher-ups are concerned that the Instruments might actually be using them, instead of the other way around. As shown in Syndicate with the use of the Shroud, they are right. Meanwhile, Uprising shows what happens when the Instruments go on the offensive. With Juno-given technological advancements, they're capable of killing Assassins and Templars alike in incredibly violent ways.
- Cult: One that worships the Isu, in particular Juno.
- Older Than They Think: In-universe, it seems like they only formed in 2012, after Juno was released into the Grey. Syndicate reveals they've been around since at least World War 1.
- The Remnant: Odyssey hints that after Juno's death in Uprising, the remains of her cult are being hunted down by Abstergo.
- Sigil Spam: Their image gets around. One even scrawls their symbol on the inside of a bathroom stall of Abstergo Entertainment.
- We Are Everywhere: According to Uprising, there's a lot of the Instruments inside Abstergo.
Appears in: Assassin's Creed: Uprising
- "You see, Richmond, being a Sage means Aita, Isu scientist — husband of Juno herself — hid his memories in your DNA, and it has bubbled up to the surface. Aita does not care about you, and the surfacing of his memories drives most sages mad. Violet told me this, pretty gleefully. But what, Richmond — and bear with me here as we run the hypothetical — what if your brain was already somehow different? What if you'd already learned to ignore and control voices, visions, in your head? Well then, maybe you could push him down, just enough to access the things that he knows. And taking apart a lock like this would be like taking apart a duplo for him. What then, Richmond?"
A Sage born in 2005, discovered by the Templars ten years later, and the son of Desmond Miles.
- Anti-Antichrist: Despite being another of Aita's reincarnation, Elijah did not succumb to his belief. Instead, he manages to get the Instrument to kill each other and aid Charlotte de la Cruz in killing his past life's lover.
- Creepy Child: Being a Sage helps. He's got no problem watching the Instruments kill lots of people.
- Heroic Lineage: He's the descendant of Altair ibn La Ahad, Ezio Auditore, the Kenway family, and also his father Desmond Miles.
- Uneven Hybrid: Even without being a Sage, he's got a lot of Isu DNA in him anyway, courtesy of his father. It's because of this, he is able to easily stop Aita's memories and personality from taking over him.
- You Killed My Father:
- The Instruments inducted him by murdering his mother. Not surprisingly, he turns out to hold a grudge over this, rejects Aita's influence, and helps kill Juno.
- Unknowingly, he also avenged his father by helping Charlotte to kill Juno, whom tricked Desmond into releasing her at the cost of his life.
Other Individuals - Historical
Alexander the Great
Appears in: Assassin's Creed II (mentioned), Assassin's Creed Origins'' (mentioned)
Infamous conqueror of many countries, in the fourth century BCE. Was assassinated by the proto-Assassin Darius, and buried in Alexandria. Wielded a Staff of Eden.
- Broken Base: In-universe, when Aya and Bayek explore his tomb, Bayek (an Egyptian) is much less enamoured of his accomplishments than Aya (Greek).
- Historical Badass Upgrade: Or possibly downgrade, depending on how you look at it. The historical Alexander did all that he did without the help of a Precursor made artefact.
- Magic Staff: He possessed one of the Staffs of Eden, which was buried with him until a few hundred years later, when the Order of Ancients decided they really wanted it for themselves.
Appears in: Assassin's Creed: Origins (comic)
A general in Julius Caesar's army, who became one of the ruling triumvirate of Rome after his assassination by the Hidden Ones, and hounded them out of the city.
- The Ghost: In Assassin's Creed: Origins - The Hidden Ones. He's mentioned throughout, but doesn't make an appearance.
- Historical-Domain Character: Marcus Antonius did become one of the ruling triumvirate after Caesar's assassination, along with Marcus Aemilius Lepidus and Octavian, hunted down the liberatores (Brutus included), and eventually started an affair with Cleopatra which ended with him being declared a traitor by Octavian, ending in Mark Antony's death in 31 BC when he lost the resulting civil war.
- Sympathetic Inspector Antagonist: To Amunet, in the Origins tie-in comic. He's less hostile toward her, his only target being Brutus.
Appears in: Assassin's Creed: The Secret Crusade, Assassin's Creed:Memories, Assassin's Creed: Reflections
The infamous Mongol conqueror who was born as Temujin, whose conquests were assisted through the use of a Sword of Eden. He was assassinated by Qulan Gal and Darim Ibn-La'Ahad in 1227.
- Asskicking Equals Authority: He got to his position by being the strongest, and had no problems fighting alongside his men.
- Badass Beard: It goes with his Badass Mustache.
- Barbarian Longhair: Had quite the mane and happened to be from a culture considered "barbarous."
- BFS: His Sword of Eden was particularly large.
- Boom, Headshot!: Reflections shows Darim killing him with a crossbow bolt to the head.
- Braids of Barbarism: Had braided hair and happened to be a Mongol, generally considered "barbarous".
- Cool Sword: Hard to beat the coolness of a Sword of Eden.
- Defiant to the End: In Assassin's Creed: Reflections, as Darim prepares to kill him, Genghis Khan states that his descendants will make his legacy immortal.
- Evil Overlord: He and his descendants would end up controlling most of the known world at the time.
- Historical-Domain Character: Ghenghis Khan was the originator of the Mongol Empire, which at its xenith controlled lands from Korea to the gates of Vienna, the Balkans, and Russia.
- Luckily, My Shield Will Protect Me: Used a shield alongside his Sword of Eden.
- Uneven Hybrid: Implied, since those without First Civilization blood tend to go mad upon wielding Pieces of Eden, but he and his descendants could wield the Sword with no ill effects.
Appears in: Assassin's Creed: Memories
- "Am I not the eldest Khan? I will have more than a quartered empire."
The eldest son of Ghenghis Khan by his wife Börte, and progenitor of the Golden Horde, he was assassinated by Qulan Gal and Darim Ibn-La'Ahad in 1227 via the latter poisoning his waterskin.
- Bald of Awesome: Had not a hair on his head.
- Cool Helmet: Also had one of these.
- Historical-Domain Character: Jochi Khan was the progenitor of the Golden Horde, who controlled lands from China and Turkmenistan to modern-day Russia and Ukraine via his son Batu Khan.
- No Respect Guy: Despite his numerous battlefield victories, he was passed over regarding succession in favor of his younger brother Ögedei Khan.
- Mama's Baby, Papa's Maybe: It remains unknown as to whether or not he was Ghenghis Khan's true son or the son of his enemy Chilger Bökh, who captured Börte as a spoil of war before she was visibly pregnant.
- The Unfavorite: Felt this way due to the fact that despite his skill on the battlefield he was passed over for succession over the Mongol Empire.
- Villain's Dying Grace: Wishes Qulan Gal and Darim luck regarding killing his father, wishing to meet him again as an equal in the afterlife.
Appears in: Assassin's Creed: The Secret Crusade, Assassin's Creed: Memories
- "I will burn your city, your land, your self."
The grandson of Ghenghis Khan, he was responsible for the destruction of the Levantine Assassins via the siege of Maysaf in 1257. He was assassinated by Nergüi in 1265 in revenge for the siege.
- Archer Archetype: A master bowman.
- Assassin Outclassin': Thwarted an assassination attempt by the Assassins, giving him more fuel to destroy the Levantine Assassins.
- Badass Beard: Wears a thick beard to go with his Badass Mustache.
- Badass Boast: That as part of Ghenghis Khan's lineage his privilege is the ability to Take Over the World.
- Cruel Mercy: States that he'd leave Nergüi alive if he bested him just so he'd get to watch his people suffer at the hands of his forces.
- Cool Helmet: Wore a pretty awesome helmet.
- Cool Sword: Wielded his grandfather's Sword of Eden.
- Cycle of Revenge: The Assassins killing Ghenghis Khan and trying to murder him led him to destroy Maysaf, only for Nergüi to kill him in retaliation.
- Evil Overlord: As he puts it himself:"I am of the lineage of the Great Genghis Khan! Such a privilege comes with a charge; to see Mongolia spread as far as the eye can see, and to bring death upon all those who dare to oppose."
- The Ghost: Never shows up in person during The Secret Crusade.
- Historical-Domain Character: Hülegü Khan's forces are most infamously known for destroying the library of Baghdad in 1258, considered one of the greatest repositories of knowledge in the medieval world.
- Jerkass: Refers to Nergüi as having a name that "reeks of low blood" and happens to be very arrogant in general.
- Power Nullifier: The Sword of Eden allowed him to see through the Apple's illusions during the Seige of Maysaf.
- Revenge: Wanted revenge on the Assassins for killing his grandfather and trying to murder him.
- You Monster!: In response to the "low blood" comment Nergüi remarks that his name "reeks of the blood of all manner of men."
King Philip IV
Appears in: Assassin's Creed: Unity
King of France between 1285-1314, Philip IV, "the Fair", was one of the greatest French monarchs and one of the worst enemies of the Templar Order.
- Cool Crown: Sports one as he watches Jacques de Molay burn.
- Gray Eyes: Very cold gray eyes. As noted in life, "He was neither beast nor man. He is a statue."
- Historical Villain Upgrade: The Templars are full of hatred for Philip IV. The real guy was a hard-ass and an anti-semite, but he was also one of the first to transform French administration from a charismatic authority to a bureaucratic Kingdom and also played a significant role in weakening the secular power of the Catholic state.
- The Purge: He orders the mass execution of Templars by burning them at the stake, destroying their public role for good and driving them underground.
Appears in: Assassin's Creed: Memories
A daimyo of the Takeda clan and the wielder of a Sword of Eden, which he used in an attempt to gain control of Japan. He was assassinated by the Japanese Assassin Hattori Hanzo and Honda Tadakatsu in 1573.
Appears in: Assassin's Creed: Memories
The initiator of the unification of Japan during the late 16th Century, he was allied with the Assassins until he managed to get his hands on Takeda Shingen's Sword of Eden, leading to his assassination by the Assassin Yamauchi Taka in 1582 during the raid on Honnō-ji temple in Kyoto.
Captain William Kidd
A Scottish Privateer, Captain William Kidd initially served the Crown by attacking ships in the Indian Ocean. He was later declared a pirate and a wanted man. He was eventually captured and hanged in London. Rumours of a treasure and its whereabouts continued for a hundred years until Connor Kenway recovered it in Oak Island during the American Revolution.
- Apocalyptic Log: The letters he gives to his friends shows his increasing fear and paranoia as he tries to escape the Templars.
- Badass Normal: Despite not being an Assassin, William Kidd manages to slay nine Templar soldiers who attacked him under British colours.
- Cool Sword: He wielded a sawtooth cutlass that Connor later acquires from Cerros.
- Deflector Shields: He found a First Civilization Shard of Eden which gave him protection from gunfire, he later hid this when the Templars came after him.
- Famed In-Story: Despite not appearing, he's famous enough in the 18th Century for his legend to endure in the Colonial Era. There is a popular song about him, "Captain Kidd" which is sung by the crew in Black Flag and his treasure is already regarded as a myth in Connor's time. Mary Read names herself James Kidd as a homage.
- Famous Ancestor: Mary Read not only calls herself James Kidd but initially claims that she's William Kidd's illegitimate son. It's not true, but William Kidd is such a legend that it gets her much street cred among the Nassau crew.
- Posthumous Character: He doesn't appear but gets several mentions in Black Flag while his letters frames the Assassin Tomb quest in III, though William Kidd was not in fact an Assassin.
- Properly Paranoid: He hid his "treasure" in a sinkhole in Oak Island, the famous Money Pit. Then he scattered the keys to the treasure map among his associates, ensuring that no one person can get all of it at once.
- Treasure Map: He created one, splitting it in four pieces and scattering it across North America and the Caribbean.
- True Companions: He gives bits of his treasure map to Abel Owens, Joseph Palmer, Lucky Lem and Hendrick van der Heul.
- Villain Song: The sea shanty "Captain Kidd" written after his death:"My name was Captain KiddAnd God's laws I did forbidAnd so wickedly I didas I sailed, as I sailed."
- Worthless Treasure Twist: Played With. Robert Faulkner is disappointed that Connor only found a strange ring at Oak Island, clearly expecting large quantities of gold. However Connor soon realizes its true potential and why the Templars wanted it.
Adam and Eve
The first hybrids between humanity and Those Who Came Before. They were immune to the power of the Pieces of Eden and led a rebellion against the First Civilization, and are considered the forerunners to the Assassin Order.
- Antagonistic Offspring: Their son Cain would become the First Templar.
- Famous Ancestor: Clay Kaczmarek is their descendant. It is implied that Aveline is another, since she's able to access the Prophecy Disk which requires some kind of DNA rapport.
- Great Escape: The Truth puzzle shows them escaping from a forge or mine like area but not before stealing a Piece of Eden.
- Greater-Scope Paragon: To the Assassins due to their role as leaders in the rebellion against the Isu.
- Half-Human Hybrid: Like all Assassins after them, they are part-Those Who Came Before, though perhaps to a greater degree than those that came afterwards since Clay's memories glimpsed in "The Truth" show them as being something above human.
- Le Parkour: Show these skills in the "The Truth" video.
- No-Sell: They were immune to the Pieces of Eden, though the immunity went away with successive generations.
- Rebel Leader: Eve was voted as the leader of the human faction in the war against the First Civilization.
- La Résistance: They formed the first of such kind against the First Civilization.
- Turned Against Their Masters: Led the insurrection against the First Civilization. The ending of Liberation specifically mentions Eve as the leader of the rebellion.
A famous Hungarian-American magician and escapologist, with the secret behind his trick being the First Apple. He was murdered by the Templars to gain control of it.
- Mundane Utility: He used an Apple of Eden, which can control minds, warp reality, and kill people to... perform magic tricks.
The leader of the Indian Independence movement, Gandhi was murdered by the Templars for the Second Apple.
- Velvet Revolution: Used his Apple to cause one.