Why Ezio Auditore da Firenze is my favourite Assassin.

Wednesday 23 January 2019


If you said to be 10 years ago that I would find myself besotted with a video game character I wouldn't have believed you (obviously in a non creepy way) and here we are today seven years after playing Assassin's Creed 2 and I'm still in awe of Ezio Auditore da Firenze, the frustration of collecting every single feather I could find in the game in order to 100% it spurred me on and made me want to know more about his story and lucky for me we already had brotherhood which I played next and then Revelations came out not long after I finished Brotherhood. Brotherhood and Revelations aren't as good as AC2 but having Ezio in them made it that much better for me, his character brings a lot of the table. This post is going to be about why Ezio will always be my favourite Assassin from the Assassin's Creed games:

The first reason is pretty obvious, Ezio's story is a tragic tale one of which hits you right in the feels, the journey you take on in order to get revenge on those who have wronged his family is a long but satisfying one. From the start the relationship he has with his family shows how much of a loving man he can be, he may be cheeky and not listen at times but his family always came first, once he is the only male living in his immediate family it was his role to be the man of the house and protect his mother and sister a role which he didn't take lightly, he would do anything in order to keep them safe from harms way.

He brings a lot of character to the game, there is nothing worse than playing as a boring character, it ruins a game and becomes tedious but with Ezio it's completely different he has a sense of humour and his very charming. The older he got the more charming I found him, in Revelations we get to see his love story with Sofia develop and we finally get to see him have a chance at happiness which is what I was hoping for, although Sofia herself has her own rocky past she has to deal with he is able to trust Sofia pretty early on in the game which is something is a bit of a shock considering he was cautious in AC2.

His story was easy enough to progress on, he is the only Assassin in the history of Assassin Creed games to have 3 games about himself, given AC2 was the best out of all 3 but we were able to see him grow from a baby into an old man, even in his old age Ezio is still a badass Assassin, I say old but to be honest he eventually dies at the age of 65 and in Revelations he is 52 which would have been considered old back in the 1500s as people usually didn't live till around 30/40 years old. The way they implemented The Apple of Eden in the games was clever as was using Leonardo De Vinci and having Ezio form a lifelong friendship with him, I loved their storyline and the way they worked together.

Ezio's Family soundtrack has become a soundtrack I have come to love and it's been used many times across the other Assassin's Creed games, seeing his legacy still live on across multiple games through music takes me back to the moment I first heard it, the fact that the soundtrack was able to stick with me and now means so much to me makes me value Ezio so much more, seeing him live on across other games makes me want to play AC2 over and over again, they have made different renditions of the soundtrack to fit each game they included it in but it works so well which you can listen to below:

Ezio grows from an average fighter into one of the best Assassins there is, his plight for revenge helps him improve on his skills and meet those along the way who are happy to train him, so when it came to Ezio fighting Cesare Borgia it was one of the most memorable in my eyes, when he killed Ezio's Uncle Mario I was fuming, the man is evil and cruel and deserved everything that was coming his way. When Ezio finally gets his revenge it felt so good, he didn't stab him with his blade like he usually would he actually threw him from the castle due to Cesare saying he will not die in the hands of men so Ezio said he shall die in the hands of fate, he did as he wished and boy was I glad when he died.

For those of you who are big fans of Ezio and have never seen his movie Embers I highly recommend it, it goes on to show you what happens after Revelations and you see him as an old man. Before he dies he writes a letter to Sofia and it pretty much sums up what an amazing man he truly was and how much he cared about love and honour, his last letter is as followed:

When I was a young man, I had liberty, but I did not see it. I had time, but I did not know it. And I had love, but I did not feel it. Many decades would pass before I understood the meaning of all three. And now, the twilight of my life, this understanding has passed into contentment.

Love, liberty, and time: once so disposable, are the fuels that drive me forward. And love, most especially, mio caro. For you, our children, our brothers and sisters. And for the vast and wonderful world that gave us life, and keeps us guessing. Endless affection, mia Sofia.

Forever yours,
Ezio Auditore.


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