The Most Powerful Assassin’s Creed Protagonists, Ranked

The ‘assassin’ part in Assassin’s Creed can be a bit of a misnomer, especially once you get to see these shady hooded historical killers in action. They’re really more like superhuman individuals who can defy Newtonian physics and have limbs and joints so strong, they can jump from the top of the Notre Dame Cathedral to a haystack without breaking any bones and even take over the entirety of Greece with nothing but a broken spear.

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Suffice to say, the main characters of Assassin’s Creedgames are overpowered. In fact, they just kept growing in power over the games’ many years of existence. Now, allow us to compile which of the existing heroes of Assassin’s Creedgames are the most powerful to make the Templars quake with fear.

Updated October 20, 2023, by Iestyn Knox: Since 2020’s Assassin’s Creed Valhalla and its many DLC expansions made it possible to achieve literal godhood, Ubisoft have aimed to restore the series to its roots with Assassin’s Creed Mirage. Read on to find out how latest protagonist Basim Ibn Ishaq compares to previous player characters.

16 Altair

Assassins Creed Altair With Blade Extended In Promo Art

Altair Ibn-La’Ahad is the earliest poster boy of the Assassin’s Creed games, and he bore quite a heavy burden of making the title trend. However, he’s not exactly the best when it came to assassinations or even fighting.

He’s certainly not as skillful as his successors nor does he have the right gadgets or toughness to withstand multiple enemies. Really, it’s mostly just the parkour he excels at. That’s all thanks to the simpler combat and mechanics he had to work with in the first Assassin’s Creedgame.

15 Adewale

Promotional art of Adewale from Assassin's Creed Freedom Cry standing next to broken chains

A side character in Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag, Adewale was nonetheless the protagonist of the standalone DLC Freedom Cry, which delved deeper into his own tumultuous story. After escaping from slavery, Adewale joined Edward Kenway for a life of piracy as quartermaster of the Jackdaw, only to join the Assassins and convince Edward to join the cause before captaining his own ship.

As with Edward Adewale was adept at sword and pistol combat, picking up more skills than most due to spending most of his life on the run as either a fugitive slave or pirate. However, he was eventually defeated by Shay Cormac.

14 Shay Cormac

Assassins Creed Rogue Shay Patrick Cormac Cover

The only protagonist who is instead a Templar – at least for the majority of the game – Shay is a particularly brutal fighter in the underrated Assassin’s Creed Rogue. Not only was Shay a high-ranking Assassin before he turned to become a prominent Templar and Assassin Hunter.

He is responsible for the death of several key characters – including Adewale and Arno’s father – and almost single-handedly wiped out the majority of the Colonial Assassins. However, much of his work was soon reversed by Connor and the Revolutionary War.

13 Aveline De Grandpré

Screenshot Of Assassin's Creed Liberation Featuring Aveline Walking Down Street

Debuting in Assassin’s Creed 3: Liberation, Aveline de Grandpré was the series’ first female protagonist, and its first French one (move over, Arno!). With a wealthy French father and an enslaved African mother, Aveline grew up wealthy but remained a socially mobile young woman in late 18th century French Louisiana.

Inducted to the Assassin’s Brotherhood at the age of 12, Aveline began fighting to defend New Orleans’ most oppressed, and eventually dismantled a Templar-led slave trafficking empire. Her prowess in combat and free-running may be standard among Assassins, but Aveline’s social stealth abilities make her an unpredictable opponent with a range of tricks up her sleeve.

12 Connor Kenway

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Conner Kenway is Assassin’s Creed 3’s enigmatic and silent protagonist who was also an active participant in the American Revolutionary War against the British. Even though he did come from a strong lineage of assassins dating back to his grandfather, Edward, he’s not really that remarkable.

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Certainly not as influential or capable as Ezio Auditore who also had a similar lineage. Moreover, Connor didn’t achieve the same grandmaster assassin repute as Ezio. Although, Connor did have an upbringing handicap in the form of a messy childhood, only joining the Assassin Brotherhood as an adult.

11 Arno Dorian

Assassins Creed Unity Arno Dorian Clutching Templar Necklace

Speaking of only getting indoctrinated into the Assassin Brotherhood as an adult, Arno Dorian was also placed under similar circumstances. He’s the main playable character of Assassin’s Creed Unity which is set during the French Revolution… well, one of those.

Anyway, Arno started a little late and wasn’t really that efficient a fighter compared to his predecessors. He had to resort to stealth and his game is the first Assassin’s Creedtitle to feature a dedicated stealth mode button.

10 Jacob Frye

Assassins Creed Syndicate Jacob Frye From The Trailer

Although his defeat at the hands of Jack the Ripper, an assassin apprentice gone rogue, appears damning, the younger of the Frye twins remains a formidable opponent. As a Master Assassin, Jacob was equally adept with his cane-sword or hidden blade and became a feared opponent across London’s fight clubs.

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Alongside his sister Evie, Jacob wrenched back control of London from the Templars, assassinating Grand Master Crawford Starrick. Although Jacob’s reckless behaviour makes him an occasional liability in Assassin’s Creed Syndicate, he later came to recognise his errors, and adhered more closely to the Brotherhood’s tenets.

9 Desmond Miles

Assassin's Creed Desmond Miles

For someone who never had any assassin training at all, Desmond Miles went pretty far ahead after just a few months or years of learning through virtual reality. Well, it could be that the bleeding effect gave him a leg up but keep in mind that his muscles and bones weren’t even built like his predecessors.

For Desmond to learn parkour and even combat so quickly, that can only mean his potential is greater than that of his ancestors. One can only imagine how far he could have come if only he had a more hands-on training.

8 Shao Jun

Shaojun art from Assassin's Creed Chronicles: China

Shao Jun is one of the lesser-known protagonists in the game series since she’s from Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China. However, compared to most assassins here, her journey is one of the most impressive.

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She started off as a rescued concubine who swore vengeance on her Templar masters. To achieve this, she had to bring a Assassin Brotherhood sect back to health until she eventually became its Master Assassin. We’ll even go as far as saying she’s the most proficient assassin when it comes to melee combat with her combination of martial arts, hidden blades in her shoes, and more agile swordplay.

7 Evie Frye

Assassin's Creed Syndicate's Evie Frye perched in front of a gargoyle

The elder and more level-headed Frye twin is Evie. While her brother preferred action and fast results, Evie was a firm believer in cloak-and-dagger tactics, and the core tenets of the Brotherhood. As a master tactician, Evie disliked behaving recklessly, which often put her at odds with her brother.

Between her proficiency at stealth and expertise with silent weapons like throwing knives, Evie is a formidable opponent who took down a number of Templar targets, and even Jack the Ripper. Plus, when Evie came to see that the teachings of the Assassins and her Father were not infallible she became all the stronger for it, moving to India to learn the techniques of the country’s Assassins.

6 Edward Kenway

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Edward Kenway has quite an impressive resume when it comes to Master Assassins. He did start off way too late but nevertheless managed better than most other assassins. In fact, he even began from scratch as a pirate with no future.

Through some interesting networking, Edward found an entrance into a troubled Assassin Brotherhood sect which he pretty much saved despite not being a committed fulltime member. That pretty much meant he didn’t even need to become an assassin to be better than them.

5 Ezio Auditore

Ezio And League Of Assassins

Finally, we arrive at the most successful Master Assassin of the series, Ezio Auditore. He’s so popular and iconic that he has the most Assassin’s Creed games. Not only did he manage to rebuild the Assassin Brotherhood sect in Italy but also had multiple victories against the Templars.

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Even at his old age, he was still formidable enough to branch out to other countries and expand or improve the Assassin Brotherhood, specifically in Assassin’s Creed: Revelations. Plus, the Hidden Gun is just plain unfair in his hands and he was the only assassin to wield it.

4 Basim Ibn Ishaq

Assassin's Creed Mirage Basim With Baghdad Behind

Assassin’s Creed Mirage may champion itself as a return to the core ideas of the series, eschewing many of the RPG elements of the newer games, but Basim himself remains a key link between both. First appearing as an older, less trusting Hidden One in Valhalla, Basim is eventually revealed to be a Sage of Loki and is overpowered by the Norse God’s memories.

Mirage focuses on his induction into the Hidden Ones, and his discovery of his true nature as a reincarnation of Loki, depicting a younger, less jaded, but nonetheless capable Basim who becomes all the more powerful when he embraces his nature as a reincarnated Isu. Eivor may have been able to defeat a frenzied Basim in Valhalla, but this Hidden One is no slouch.

3 Bayek/Aya

bayek and aya looking at each other in Assassin's Creed Origins

Bayek is one of the first assassins and members of the Assassin Brotherhood who found out the hard way how the Hidden Blade worked. When not assassinating some corrupt Egyptian Templars, he and his ex-wife Aya run around slaying Egyptian mythology gods.

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That’s not something the regular assassin does, and these gods are a lot more powerful than the average Piece of Eden. They’re nothing too big for Bayek and Aya — they even formed the Assassin Brotherhood along the way while defeating the said gods.

2 Alexios/Kassandra

Alexios and Kassandra in Assassin's Creed Odyssey

Speaking of defeating some mythological monstrosities, Alexios and Kassandra of Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey are no slouches. They have fought minotaurs, sphinxes, and gorgons. They even fought each other in some in-game choices.

Now, both Alexios and Kassandra are actually demigods, making them the second most powerful heroes in Assassin’s Creed. Either of them can pretty much do anything successfully and without even trying. One of them even came close to being immortal.

1 Eivor

Assassin's Creed Valhalla Split Image Showing Eivor Signature Outfit

Whether you chose the male or female version, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla’s protagonist Eivor was a fearsome warrior adept with axes, throwable weapons and the returning hidden blade. As with Alexios and Kassandra before them, Eivor could mow down dozens on the battlefield with ease.

However, with the Dawn of Ragnarok expansion, Eivor becomes not just a demigod but Odin himself, the King of Gods. They now have divine powers and fight — and win — against all sorts of creatures and characters from Norse mythology, including unkillable fire giant Surtr. That’s the farthest any assassin can go in terms of power.

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