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"The King is... merely a symbol. A symbol can inspire fear, and fear can inspire control - but men inevitably lose their fear of symbols. As you can see. This was the truth de Molay died for: the Divine Right of Kings is nothing but the reflection of sunlight upon gold. When the Crown and Church are ground to dust, we who control the gold will decide the future."
François-Thomas Germain, Assassin's Creed: Unity

In Assassin's Creed's historical war between Assassins and Templars spanning a millennia these manage to standout with their brilliance, charm, and audaciousness.

  • Assassin's Creed I: Both halves of the Big-Bad Ensemble are equally brilliant and charismatic:
    • Robert de Sablé is the Grand Master of The Knights Templar Order, whose manipulations have controlled the Third Crusade. Leading the expedition to uncover the Apple of Eden, Robert sought to share its power with his nine co-conspirators. Aware that Al Mualim would have him killed and try to steal the Apple for himself, he defends himself from the Assassins sent by him before orchestrating a counterattack at Masyaf to retrieve the Apple. As his eight remaining co-conspirators get killed by Al Mualim's top Assassin Altaïr Ibn-La’Ahad, he comes up with calculated plan to defeat his enemies. He would lure Altaïr into a trap at Majd Addin's funeral placing his best soldiers and having one dressed as him, to distract and kill Altaïr, while he travels to Arsuf, to unite the feuding Crusaders and Saracens against the Assassins. Only losing after an enduring battle with Altaïr, Robert uses his dying breath to reveal Al Mualim's treachery before gracefully passing.
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    • Al Mualim is The Mentor of the Levantine Assassin Brotherhood and a member of The Knights Templar Order. Uncovering the Apple of Eden along with the others Templars, Al Mualim, not wanting to share its powers with them, has his assassins steal the Apple from them. He would them manipulate his student Altaïr Ibn-La’Ahad into assassinating the nine targets that were formerly his allies, and deter Altaïr's suspicion of him by telling half-truths about the Templars, carefully leaving himself out. When Altaïr learns of Al Mualim treachery, he uses the Apple to brainwash the people of Masyaf to kill Altaïr before fighting his former student himself. Upon being defeated, he uses his dying breath to mock Altaïr for not destroying the Apple, proving that he too is just as mesmerized by the Apple's powers.
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  • Assassin's Creed III: Haytham Kenway had the Loyalists and the Patriots in his pockets, influencing decisions throughout The American Revolution, wherever he saw fit. Haytham had plans running all over Colonial America, from stealing tribal lands to an assassination attempt on George Washington and several other leaders of the Continental Congress. The Templars under his leadership nearly wiped out the Colonial Assassins, and even after his death he established a permanent Templar presence in America for the years to come. The best part was Haytham started the Revolutionary War allying himself with the British, but they turned out to be mere pawns, he intended to remove them from the Colonies and establish America as an independent nation under the Templars. The only reason Haytham loses in the end is his love for his son Connor preventing him from killing the young Assassin. Even in defeat, Haytham holds true to his ideals, complimenting Connor one final time before he dies.
  • Assassin's Creed: Unity: The Prophet Francoise Germaine successfully orchestrated a coup within the Templar Order to become Grandmaster himself, and then manipulates the young Assassin Arno to eliminate his remaining enemies whilst playing every faction of the French Revolution against each other to make the entire nation tear itself apart. Setting himself against the local Templar Grandmaster and the Assassin Order, Germaine orchestrates their downfall and defeats to weaken both orders while setting Arno against targets loyal to his enemies. With this achieved, Germaine settles back to enjoy the chaos of the French revolution, intending on seizing control no matter which faction comes out on top.
  • Assassin's Creed: Odyssey: In Ancient Greece these two prove themselves to be bright predecessors to the most brilliant and charismatic of the Templar Order:
    • Aspasia was once the leader of the Cult of Kosmos who controlled the Peloponnesian War between Athens and Sparta through Athenian Politics and Greek mythology. Becoming the lover of Perikles, she abandoned her original plan of killing him after developing genuine feelings for the ruler of Athens and instead manipulated him into supporting her agenda. After having her leadership position removed in favor of Deimos and the Cult killing Perikles, Aspasia would use Deimos' sibling, The Eagle Bearer, to kill off all the members of the Cult before revealing her true identity to the Eagle Bearer and offering them a chance to join her goal in creating a prosperous future where humanity would finally be united by a wise and philosophical king of Aspasia's choosing.
    • Legacy of the First Blade DLC: Amorges, The Tusk of Persia, was once friends with Darius before foiling Darius plans to assassinate King Artaxerxes and join the Order of the Ancients. Becoming the order's leader, Amorges would send men to hunt down Darius and his family, while he would travel to Greece himself to establish the Order's presence greatly expanding it's influence throughout Greece, by allying with the Cult of Kosmos hijacking their role in manipulating the Peloponnesian War to where Greece would be united under an Order-controlled Sparta, all while under the guise of the stranded merchant Orontas, fooling even his former friend. Amorges would then lead an attack on the village Dyme killing Darius' remaining child and kidnapping The Eagle Bearer's infant son in hopes of raising him to become a loyal soldier to his order.


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