What would Assassin’s Creed be were it not for the titular assassins themselves? However, with well over ten main series entries and a glut of hooded heroes heading them up, many have fallen by the wayside destined to forever be forgotten, lost to history like the artefacts of Eden. We’ve decided to compile a list of the ones who avoided this fate. Those who persevered in our minds, however stacked the odds might be, as the pursue their ongoing quest that “Nothing is true, Everything is permitted”.

5. Bayek

Though only just having arrived on the scene with Assassin’s Creed Origins, Egypt’s last medjay fights for a worthy cause as his own morality and commitment to his code is constantly tested. Bayek is meticulous, collected, and acts as a nice opposite to the series’ favourite Ezio. His story is a simple one of revenge, but even under the most horrifying circumstances he remains good-willed and on the side of the innocent man.

4. Altaïr Ibn-La’Ahad

Altair’s fate (Assassin’s Creed Revelations)

The assassin that started it all, what Altaïr lacked in personality and emotion he more than made up for with his calm and calculated approach to his assassinations. Expectedly basic for a franchise’s first entry, by the time we got to AC Revelations coming full circle to learn about Altaïr’s last few years during the crusades was unexpectedly fulfilling. We’d be nowhere without him, and even today the first AC remains the most clear-cut and pure.

3. Jacob and Evie Fry

assassins creed syndicate

Ubisoft needed to do a lot to win fans back the year after Assassin’s Creed Unity, so with Syndicate they offered players the ability to not take control of one hooded hero, but two. Very much two sides of the same coin, the Fry twins injected some fun into the idea of being an assassin again, with the creed aspect taking more of a back seat. Whether taking out thugs head on as Jacob or going sneakily as Evie, the Fry twins were charismatic and exciting.

2. Edward Kenway

The roguish but loveable pirate that let us sail the seven seas, AC’s decision to go backwards rather than forwards in it felt satisfying to work your way through the many British and Spanish templars and posed a threat to the Caribbean. By the end of Black Flag, Kenway’s story was unexpectedly emotional, reuniting with a daughter that he never knew existed.

1. Ezio Auditore

Charming, romantic, and always endearing to play as, it was inevitable for Assassin’s Creed’s Italian Stallion to top our list, largely since he’s the hooded one players have gotten to spend the most time with. Ezio’s transformative character arc keeps you invested right from AC2 through to Revelations, making his story one that is full of depth, fun set pieces, with plenty of Borgia family members and associates to strike down and take revenge upon.