Assassin's Creed II/Fridge

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  • Fridge Horror:
  • You know all those guards you kill on a daily basis?Well they all have families and friends.So when you kill a guard,well thank about what happens after you kill them.Funerals everywhere.

  • Fridge Brilliance:
    • Altair's lengthy rant into the nature of religion seems to be the game lecturing the player about the irrationality of it all and how death ends life forever. This, despite the fact that All Myths Are True and a form of scientific reincarnation exists with genetic memory. It's quite likely that other myths are true in a scientific way as well. It's further undermined by the fact that the destruction of religion is the stated goal of the Templars, the people Altair is fighting. Then you remember that Altair is in control of the Apple of Knowledge and the thing has a One Ring-like effect on people's minds.
      • It helps to understand Altair may also believe that while All Myths Are True, the nature of the truth invalidates any religious truth from the stories. Likewise, he may just object to the methods of the Templars as opposed to their goals.
      • It's also possible for Altair to have perfectly valid reasons for being an atheist while simultaneously being a dick.
        • The fact that Ezio never expresses any opinion on the subject of religion and is obviously concerned more with the freedom for people to believe as they will may be Fridge Brilliance by itself.
          • Expanded universe lore suggests little about the Assassin take on religion by Ezio's time except that religious hypocrisy (aka the corruption of the Italian clergy) is their bigger grievance, best shown when Ezio calls out Rodrigo Borgia on his mocking of Christianity and religious belief despite being the Pope.
    • This is a fairly easy one. You have to wonder why Ezio and his brother move like champion acrobats and Le Parkour masters even before they've had any assassin training. Then, duh, of course you remember that they're children of an assassin. Simultaneously, it might be In the Blood as well as their father preparing them in subtle ways for their life ahead.
    • While reading this, this troper got an additional fridge moment when he realized that in one of the earlier cut-scenes, we see Ezio's dad fully accepting Ezio's trouble with the law / escapades with women. He says it's because it reminds him of himself, but maybe he WANTS him to crawl around the city, fleeing guards.
    • For me, I wondered how Ezio might be the descendant of Altair and how Desmond might have inherited his memories. Then I realized that Desmond doesn't have to be a direct line of descent. As the child of Assassins, it's quite likely that their various families intermarry. Desmond's Ambiguously Brown features help this as well.
    • There's also the fact that Maria is an Englishwoman and it's entirely possible she returned to Europe via Italy.
    • Ezio is not a descendant of Altaïr - this has been confirmed by Word of God. They each represent different sides of Desmond's family.
    • Even before the retcon in Brotherhood, Ezio's shrugging off Rodrigo's gut-stab is foreshadowed by Altaïr doing the same thing early in the first game. And also inflicted by the Big Bad, though you don't know it at the time. Coincidence or Call Back?