Assassin's Creed: 5 Times Templars Were Evil (& 5 Times Assassins Were)

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The Assassin-Templar conflict has spanned centuries and from a gamer's perspective, it feels like we've been playing through it for equally as long. That's the magic of the Assassin's Creed franchise - players are able to jump through timelines and experience the conflict firsthand. Veterans to the series, however, will be keenly aware that the conflict is not as black and white as "Assassins good, Templars bad."

In fact, one of the cornerstones of the long-running Assassin's Creed narrative is the grey area between the two factions and the overlap that exists between their ideals. To illustrate how similar the two factions really are, here are five times the Templars were evil, and five times the Assassins were.

10 Templars: Haras in Assassin's Creed: Revelations

In Assassin's Creed: Revelations, one memory mission emphasizes a particularly evil Templar. Haras is a former Assassin trainee that defected to the Templars and led an assault on Masyaf. While the concept of betrayal is prevalent in the series, Haras is a standout example; his defection and subsequent assault on the fortress saw not even a hint of remorse or compassion for his former comrades.

In his final moments, Haras makes it clear that he no longer believes in the Assassin's Creed, but he justifies his cold-blooded murder of his former brothers with one powerful line: "I am no traitor...for I cannot betray those I never truly loved."

9 Assassins: Altaïr In Solomon's Temple In Assassin's Creed

One of the first scenes in this franchise actually shows just how evil Assassins can be. Altaïr's blatant disregard for the creed in Solomon's Temple results in an innocent old man's life being lost, Robert de Sablé being alerted to the presence of the Assassins, and the subsequent assault on Masyaf which resulted in the death of several Assassins.

This really sets the tone for the game and a framework for the narrative to come.

8 Templars: Edward Braddock In Assassin's Creed III

In Assassin's Creed III, Edward Braddock is a British general operating in the colonies. While only prevalent in the first act of the game, Braddock, a Templar, is actually so evil that not even other Templars want to deal with him.

Known for his violence, Edward Braddock doesn't have a single appearance in Assassin's Creed III where someone is happy to be dealing with him. It is, ultimately, Haytham that ends up giving Braddock his just rewards, but not before Braddock truly sums up his character in one truly evil line: "Were that we applied the sword more liberally and more often, the world would be a better place than it is today."

7 Assassins: Jacob Frye's in Assassin's Creed: Syndicate

In Assassin's Creed: Syndicate, players experience the game between the perspective of twins Evie and Jacob Frye. Jacob is quickly shown to be very reckless, though, and his actions in London may have very well done more harm to London overall than good were it not for Evie.

One of the best examples of this Assassin led evil is Jacob's handling of the assassination of Philip Twopenny, Governer of the Bank of England. After the deed is done, word gets out, riots begin to break out, and inflation strikes the economy. Had Evie not been around to resolve the situation post facto, Jacob may have gone down as the bad guy instead of Twopenny.

6 Templars: Cesare in Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood

Cesare is spoiled, selfish, and so satisfying to finish off. Despite this, he managed to do some pretty awful things before players were able to. From provoking the Assassins by attacking Monteriggioni and killing Mario Auditore to basically establishing his own seat of power in Rome, Cesare did whatever he needed to quell rebellion and prevent uprising.

When Ezio made it his mission to liberate Rome, however, Cesare saw his resources begin to dwindle and when his father, who was finally fed up with Cesare's lust for power, attempted to poison him, Cesare retaliates by ultimately attacking his father letting him know that "If I want to live, I live. If I want to take, I take. If I want you to die, you die!"

Seriously, Cesare was just the worst.

5 Assassins: Ezio in Derinkuyu in Assassin's Creed: Revelations

When Ezio visits the underground city of Derinkuyu in Revelations, players ultimately see him commit an act that directly violates the first tenant of the creed: stay your blade from the flesh of an innocent.

Igniting the gunpowder stores of his Templar target, while allowing Ezio to draw his enemy out, also ended up causing great turmoil; the fire spread throughout the underground city forcing civilian evacuation. During this evacuation, several civilians ended up dying either due to the inhalation of smoke or the falling rubble of burning buildings. Ezio may be a fantastic assassin, but this may be the evilest thing he's ever done.

4 Templars: Warren Vidic in Assassin's Creed III

Assassin's Creed Warren Vidic, employee of Abstergo

By the time players make it to Assassin's Creed III, Warren Vidic's name is a very familiar one. An elite member of Abstergo Industries, head of the Animus Project, and notorious for kidnapping individuals and forcing them into the Animus in order to explore their genetic code to further the agenda of the Templar organization, Vidic has unquestionably done some evil things in his time. What takes the cake, however, is Vidic's final act: kidnapping William Miles, Desmond's father, in an attempt to procure the Apple of Eden Desmond found. Holding people hostage really can't be justified, but it's really just the cherry on top of Vidic's deeds.

For all the evil Vidic is responsible for, though, this move really doesn't work out well for him in the end.

3 Assassins: Pierre Belec in Assassin's Creed: Unity

While a technical nightmare, Assassin's Creed: Unity tells perhaps one of the most mature stories that the franchise has to offer and players get to see something we hadn't before: Templars and Assassins working together in Revolutionary France, primarily by way of Templar Grandmaster François de la Serre and Assassin Mentor Mirabeau.

Unfortunately, it's the latter's preference for peace that prompts Master Assassin of the French Brotherhood, Pierre Belec, into action. In response to Mirabeau's more conservative views, Belec sees fit to poison him in his own effort to purge the Assassin leadership as the Assassins had done before. What's worse is that these extremist views that Belec harbors echo those of Germain, the game's main antagonist, effectively making him a Germain's Assassin counterpart.

2 Templars: Daniel Cross

Arguably the saddest story of the franchise, Daniel Cross is a character that has had it incredibly rough. Much of his history is expanded upon in the comics Assassin's Creed: The Fall and Assassin's Creed: The Chain, but the gist of it is that Cross, descended from Assassin Nikolai Orelov, joins the Assassins at some point in his life. After climbing the ranks and meeting the mentor of the modern-day Assassin Brotherhood, however, Daniel Cross is revealed to have been a Templar sleeper agent and kills the mentor - an act that ultimately leads to the Brotherhood going even deeper into hiding.

While it may seem par for the course, the effect that the Templar experiences that were conducted on Cross made him an instrument against his will. Ruining someone's life to further your own goals? Pretty sure that's generally frowned upon regardless of where you're from.

1 Assassins: Lisbon in Assassin's Creed: Rogue

While other games dabble in that grey area, Rogue gives players the chance to truly experience the other side of the conflict as Shay Patrick Cormac, an Assassin that defects to the Templars. Rogue sees the Colonial Brotherhood on the hunt for precursor sites and artifacts. Shay successfully locates one such site in Lisbon, but at a serious price: a resulting earthquake results in many deaths and Shay losing faith in the Assassin cause.

This may be one of the evilest things the Assassins have done and as a result, Shay was personally responsible for almost completely destroying the Colonial Brotherhood becoming one of the greatest Assassin hunters in Templar history.

NEXT: Assassin's Creed: 10 Most Evil Templars Ever, Ranked