Complete Monster/Assassin's Creed
The Assassin's Creed series has its share of these. While it seems that nearly everyone you murder as an Assassin is an Asshole Victim, most of them are True Believers in the Templar cause to make a better world through removing humanity's free will. Some of them, however, stand out for their unnecessary and premeditated evil.
- Assassin's Creed I gives us Majd Addin. While most of Altaïr's targets think that their actions will be good for the world, that is not the case for this psycho. Majd Addin, the de facto leader of Jerusalem who regularly orders and personally carries out mass executions of innocent people, openly admits on his deathbed that he doesn't think it will help anyone, he does it because he finds it fun.
- Rodrigo Borgia from Assassin's Creed II, who would later (in Real Life) become Pope Alexander IV. He orders the execution of not just Ezio's father, but his two brothers (one of whom is a child.) When Ezio confronts him later he gleefully admits that he didn't really need to kill the brothers as well, he just wanted to prove a point. He's also described as being a ruthless psychopath and an incestuous pedophile during the target briefing, with one particular visual provided of him standing in the middle of a field of corpses, smiling happily. Also, Ezio maintains a pretty professional attitude most of the time- except with Borgia, whom he calls a bastard and beats the living shit out of with his bare hands. Thankfully Karma gives old Rodrigo a rather nasty kick in the balls: apart from the vicious beating, he finds out that not only is he not the prophet (every one of his crimes were commited in the belief that he was) but that his sworn enemy was the prophet. And he only lived thanks to said enemy's mercy.
- Marco Barbarigo in Assassin's Creed II has a hit ordered on his own bodyguard, Dante Moro, just so he can have access to his wife. When Dante survives being stabbed in the head, Marco takes advantage of the resulting brain damage by having him annul his own marriage- and the next visual on the target briefing shows Dante standing guard at the bedroom door while his ex-wife is dragged away by Marco.
- In the modern era, Warren Vidic is the face of the modern day Templars as far as the protagonist and the player are concerned, and is an expert at manipulating people to his cynical ends. He forces Animus subjects to work until the "bleeding effect" literally drives them to insanity and suicide. He coerced his assistant Lucy into working for him by arranging for his higher-ups to order her killed and then "saving" her from it and it's later revealed that even this was a sham for Desmond's benefit and he'd previously preyed on her emotional isolation to recruit her as a Templar. At one point he used brainwashing to create a Manchurian Agent for the purpose of infiltrating the Assassins and learning the location of all of their Dens, at which point Vidic ordered them killed down to the last woman and child. He does this unrepentantly in the service of Templar ascendancy and their ultimate goal of complete control over the will of mankind.
- Tomás de Torquemada is a member of the Templar Order and the overseer of the Spanish Inquisition, an event that led to deaths of thousands. First appearing in Assassin's Creed II :Discovery he was given a list of targets by Rodrigo Borgia to eliminate, but goes far beyond what has been tasked. He rounded up not just the targets but also anyone not of his religion note and conducted mass executions with only a few rescued. He later lays siege the entire city of Granada in an attempt to kill its king, Muhammad XII; it failed but the total amount of casualties and destruction was far too severe to have a positive outcome. He later appears in The Movie where he has already caused the annihilation of the Spanish Assassins including its Mentor where he put them all up on stake to be burned alive for the public to watch. When he has a boy from one of the the villages he had just destroyed watch the execution, he only spares him because he is the son of King Muhammad XII and served as a bargaining chip to retrieve the Apple of Eden. When Assassins Aguilar de Nerha and Maria escapes their fate Torquemada douses the execution grounds in flames to try and kill them, uncaring that it could kill all of the spectators there, while he retreats with the boy to Granada to make the trade. When he arrives there and completes the trade with Muhammad XII, Torquemada decide to test his newly obtained Apple by forcing the king to kill his son. Fanatical, radical, and ultimately tyrannical, Tomás de Torquemada served as one of the orders most vile member, representing all of their worst qualities yet none of their better ones.
- Edward Braddock, "The Bulldog", is a fellow templar. Presented as an ally of Haytham it was revealed that he helped in aforementioned Reginald Birch in the raid of the Kenway mansion by personally framing an innocent servant for the deed. He later took part in the siege of Bergen op Zoom against the French Army, and when he was retreating a man asked if he and his family could come with him. When the man calls him a craven when he doesn't, Braddock has him and his family killed children included. When Reginald assigns him and Haytham to various parts of world in uncover First Civilization technology the former only questions Reginald's obsession when it meant his own life and position might be at steak; it doesn't detract from his cruelty where during their search, he had continue to killed numerous people, not just his enemies, but also his allies and the innocent, much to the latter's shock. During Seven Years' War, Braddock oversees the annihilation of many French camps and when one them tries to offer a truces, he ignores it has order his men to kill them all causing needless deaths on both sides of the field. He also has destroyed many uninvolved native american tribe solely to fuel his sadism. When he believes one of his men to be insubordinate, he kills him and has done this many times before. When one of the tribes, with the help of Haytham ambushes him and his men, he leaves them for dead, while he dies tries to escape. Brutal and Unfettered, even his fellow allies wanted him dead.
Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag
- Pierre de Fayet is the Governor of Port au Prince, who is presented as less raciest then the other slave masters and out to calm the violence, when in fact, it's quite the opposite. Slaves on Saint-Domingue and its surrounding territories are treated extremely harshly under his rule, brutal system of oppression. Despite his racism, de fayet also supports and frequents an African brothel. Later when the Maroons end up freeing large ammounts of slaves, de Fayet orders slave ships about to be captured to be sunk with the slaves still on board, condemning them to drown while chained up. When he's tracked down to his estate, he's has slaves lined up to be tortured with a branding iron for information, shooting them when they don't comply. When Adewale, the hero of the DLC, finally has de Fayet at his blade's edge, de Fayet justifies himself with the belief the blacks are less than human and he can do with them as he wishes.
Assassin's Creed: Syndicate
- Assassin's Creed: Syndicate introduces us to Maxwell Roth, is the leader of the Blighters gang on behalf of Crawford Starrick, and gunman for hire for the Templars. Unlike the Templars who believe in order and control, Roth values freedom in the form of anarchy and chaos. Resenting that Starrick thinks he can control him, Roth initially allies himself with Jacob Frye to fight Starrick's empire. Growing more disturbed by Roth, Frye severes their agreement when Roth plans to burn a factory of child workers down, which Roth does anyways, and Frye barley manages to save them. As revenge, Roth lures Jacob to his theatre where he puts on a show killing people on stage before ordering the theatre to be burned down with the civilians inside. As he dies, Roth is alsed why he did all this and replies "Same reason I do anything; why not?"
Assassin's Creed: Forsaken
- Reginald Birch serves as the Big Bad of the novel and the Bigger Bad of the Kenway Saga. Initially a friend to Edward Kenway, when the latter's daughter, Jennifer Scott, exposes Birch as not only a templar of the the British Rite but also their Grand Master to her father, he sends mercenaries to the Kenway manor to murder Edward Kenway, and kidnap Jennifer to be sold as a Sex Slave to Turkish slavers, all while framing a innocent servant for the crime. He then takes in Edward's son Haytham only so he could manipulate him into becoming a Professional Killer as well as a Knight Templar fanatic. From there he has sent Haytham kill many people, including the opposing Assassins. He even has a fellow Templar tortured and castrated when he got in the way of his plans. He also has Haytham uncover technology from the First Civilization knowing full well the kind of destruction that they bring all so he could use them Take Over the World, even sending Edward Braddock to help Haytham despite knowing Bradock's sheer brutality would cause plentiful of deaths. When Haytham finds where Jennifer is being captive as well as Birch being the true culprit behind his father's murder, Birch tries to have Haytham killed along with Jennifer. In his last moments Birch tries to pass himself as a Well-Intentioned Extremist, but Haytham can see right through him as nothing more than a self deluded madman only using the Templar ideology as an excuse to claim more power for himself.
Assassin's Creed: Trial By Fire
- William Stoughton, a member of the Templar Order, serves as the Big Bad of this issue being the orchestrator of the Salem Witch Trial and using the hysteria to convince the masses of people into eradicating the Assassin Brotherhood. Because of his mechanizations at least 20 innocent people were documented to be executed via hanging, and the undocumented deaths were a result of Stoughton's tortuous experiments where the victims had succumb to their wounds, all because of his belief that one of them happens to be a Piece of Eden, called the Oracle. When he learns that fellow Assassin, Tom Stoddard, and Jennifer Querry know about the oracle's whereabouts he captures them, tortures them for the information, and laters shoots the later In the Back. When Stoughton eventually discovers the oracle's identity, Dorothy Osborne, he sets a fire to kill Tom while admitting to torture Dorothy as well as more innocents so he can copy her powers onto other people creating more oracles which shock fellow Templar Samuel Parris. This cause a guilt-ridden Dorothy to throw herself into the fire which enrages Stoughton only because he had just lost his oracle and will have to start his search all over again and while strangling Tom, he promises to burn the entire colonies to the ground during his search for another oracle.
Assassin's Creed: Origins
- Flavius Metellus, known as The Lion, is the leader of the Order of the Ancients. A ruthless Roman warmonger who manipulates Cleopatra and Julius Caesar into delusions of empire and war, Flavius is the man who forced Bayek into accidentally murdering Bayek's own beloved son. Masterminding a conspiracy of murder, Flavius kills Bayek's best friend to take the Apple of Eden. Styling himself a god, Flavius begins dominating the minds of the people of Egypt, forcing innocents to massacre each other, burn themselves alive or worship him to the exclusion of all else to feed his megalomania, proving himself a monstrous predecessor to the worst of the Templar order.