Out of all the assassins we’ve seen in Assassin’s Creed, the greatest one in terms of character has to be Ezio Auditore. He is the apex assassin of the series, having been featured in all of three games; the most of any other character.
Making Ezio so engaging was the development he went through. Ezio started off as a punk who didn’t understand the harshness of the world, but ended up being a legend. Apart from that, Ezio was also easily the coolest assassins we’ve seen so far, having wide array of quips, jokes, and one-liners he threw at others. In order to for you to recall just how cool Ezio was, here are 10 quotes that define his character.
10 "Nothing Is True, Everything Is Permitted."
This is the code the Assassins live by, but Ezio was the first one to explain what it entailed. According to him, the interpretation behind these words is that mankind has been given the gift of choice, and it is up to a person themselves how they go about living their life.
All in all, it talks about the power of responsibility; you can have the luxury of making your decisions, but you need to be ready to bear the consequences. Ezio made decisions both right and wrong, and you can’t accuse him of ever shying away from responsibility.
9 "Requiescat In Pace."
The coolest parts of completing a kill in the Ezio Trilogy was hearing him give his victims their last rites. Ezio’s parting words would always be bidding these men farewell into the next life.
Making this such a cool thing, though, would be how Ezio would drop all his hostility toward his target and encourage them to be peaceful. It showed that he had respect for the act of killing; he didn’t do it unless he had to, and gave equal importance to whoever was dying, whether it was friend or foe.
8 "I Have Seen Enough For One Life..."
The one thing that kept Ezio ticking forward in life was the pathway to finding purpose. He thought he would find answers in the vault, but it only served to befuddle him further. So, once Ezio found another vault, with this one containing Altair’s remains, Ezio learned the ultimate lesson: to let go.
Thereafter, he learned that he couldn’t find all the answers in life and having the privilege to live for himself was something he was truly excited for. The treasures of the First Civilization held no meaning for him.
7 "My story is one of many thousands, and the world will not suffer if it ends too soon."
The mark of what made Ezio a legendary assassin was the fact that he was never afraid of death. He had brought death to hundreds of men in his lifetime, but Ezio didn’t cower at the thought of meeting his own demise.
As put by Ezio himself, his life was immaterial in the grand scheme; we might feel as if he was one in several billion because of the role he played, but Ezio didn’t see himself as anymore special that another man in the world.
6 "I have lived my life as best I could, not knowing its purpose, but drawn forward like a moth to a distant moon."
We spoke of Ezio seeking purpose for himself, and here he elaborated upon it by professing out loud that it was his curiosity that guided him. Out of all the people who happened upon the treasures of the First Civilization, Ezio was perhaps the only one who only wanted answers, not power.
In the final moments of his assassin career, Ezio would give up the chance of attaining power because for him the answer was already there: he was not meant to understand. Once he realized he was just a conduit for Desmond to gain answers through, Ezio stopped chasing the distant moon and settled for life in reality.
5 "...And may it never change us."
You might say Ezio was destined for greatness, but his intentions were never to be known for his acts. As the history books were devoid of Ezio, you can be certain that was how he wanted it to remain.
The easiest example of just how much Ezio valued the simple life was back when he had his last brotherly moment with Frederico, where he confessed how much he loved his seemingly humdrum life, as he had family - for Ezio, that was what mattered most of all.
4 "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."
Ezio’s happy existence was ripped apart from him by the Templars, forcing him to grow up at the age of 17. From then on, at least until the age of 52-53, Ezio had no time for the true pleasures in life.
He was consumed with vengeance until the age of 40, before which he had spent his youth chasing after the killers of his family, forgoing any chance of falling in love. As for freedom, he had the liberty to do whatever he pleased, but his sole mission of finding answers caused him to never realize it. As an older man, Ezio finally gained the wisdom to understand all of this.
3 "We work in the Dark to serve the Light. We are Assassins."
The Templars and Assassins serve the same purpose of guiding mankind, but their ideologies are radically different. Ezio understood what the Assassins stood for, and that was to keep the light in the reach of the people.
Working from the dark, the Assassins had a fearful reputation where the belief was that these were the bad guys because of their killing; however, men like Ezio weren’t deterred by what people thought of him, and knew in his heart what he did was fighting for what was right.
2 "Wanting something does not give you the right to have it."
Ezio had it all: he was dashing, strong, could have any woman he wanted, and skills no one could beat him in; but he never abused his powers. The fault in the Templars was that they always wanted more. They didn’t realize that making do with what you have was a true reflection of a person.
Thus, Ezio was wise enough to reject any temptation that came his way. He could have adopted the Templar ideology and be free of the burden of responsibility, but restrained himself knowing he had no right to control anyone.
1 "We must never give up the fight. The minute we do that, we have lost."
At the end of the day, you might ask why the Assassins ever fought in the first place, seeing as the Templars are the one in power in the 21st century, making the Assassins’ attempts futile. To have your answer, you can turn toward this quote.
Ezio lived his life serving the brotherhood in hopes they would make a difference; whether he achieved that or not is up to interpretation, but Ezio was at peace with the fact that he never stopped fighting. He passed away knowing that he fought for what he believed in, and nobody on Earth could accuse him of quitting. This is how he left his legacy on the Assassins.