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"Find them, kill them. In doing so, you will sow the seeds of peace."
―Al Mualim to Altaïr, 1191.[src]
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Ezio Auditore da Firenze assassinating a target

Assassination targets were individuals that the Assassin Order – and in select instances, the Templar Order – deemed worthy of elimination. Over the centuries, the Assassins killed many individuals they believed to be corrupt and a danger to humanity, particularly Templars and their associates.

Below is a chronological list of notable victims, by faction and assassin responsible.

Elimination by Assassins

Altaïr Ibn-La'Ahad

Around the time of the Third Crusade, Altaïr Ibn-La'Ahad assassinated various individuals during his quest to find the Chalice in 1190. He later eliminated nine tyrannical public figures in an effort to restore his lost rank and regain honor within the Assassin Order.

Following his ascension to Mentor of the Order, he carried out several assassinations to aid the Cypriot Resistance in 1192, and continued to eliminate notable targets throughout his life.

Ezio Auditore da Firenze

During the Renaissance, the Assassin Ezio Auditore da Firenze assassinated various individuals in order to avenge the deaths of his family members, free the Spanish Assassins, and liberate the Italian cities of Florence, Venice, and Rome from corruption.

Edward Kenway

Edward Kenway, father of Haytham Kenway and grandfather of Ratonhnhaké:ton, assassinated several individuals during the Golden Age of Piracy in his quest for riches and glory, and later in service of the Assassin Order.

Aveline de Grandpré

Aveline de Grandpré assassinated various targets between the French and Indian War and American Revolutionary War in an effort to free New Orleans from Templar influence and liberate victims of the slave trade.


Before, during, and after the events of the American Revolutionary War, the Assassin Ratonhnhaké:ton eliminated various Templars in order to protect his tribe and further the pursuit of freedom for the citizens of the thirteen colonies of the United States.

Following a meeting with George Washington, Ratonhnhaké:ton found himself in an alternate reality created by an Apple of Eden. He assassinated several individuals while experiencing the alternate timeline.

Arno Dorian

Following the death of his adoptive father, the Templar Grand Master François de la Serre, Arno joined the Assassin Brotherhood and embarked on a quest to find the perpetrators of the murder and their motivations.

While pursuing his own agenda, Arno also undertook several missions in order to thwart the efforts of the Templars, who tried to take control of the French Revolution.

Desmond Miles

Following his kidnapping by Abstergo Industries and training with the Assassins, Desmond was forced by Juno to assassinate Lucy Stillman in the Colosseum Vault. He later infiltrated the Abstergo Industries headquarters in Rome and assassinated two prominent members of their Order.

Other Assassins

Below is a chronological list of other notable assassinations, by century and, if known, Assassin responsible:

  • Masun, by Rashid ad-Din Sinan – 1191[3]

Elimination by Templars

Haytham Kenway

Son of the Assassin Edward Kenway, Haytham was converted to the Templar cause at a young age by Reginald Birch. A member of the British Rite, he later became the Grand Master of the Colonial Rite.

Shay Cormac

Formerly a member of the Colonial Assassins, Shay later became a famous Assassin hunter after he joined the Templar Order, hunting down his former Assassin brothers and sisters.

Other Templars

Below is a chronological list of other notable assassinations, by century and, if known, Templar responsible:


In carrying out their missions, some Assassins notably spared potential victims, or otherwise did not complete an assassination as directed. The following is a chronological list of targets known to have survived encounters with Assassin attackers:

  • Maria Thorpe – spared by Altaïr Ibn-La'Ahad, 1191[3]
  • Ezio Auditore da Firenze – failed by Templars, during the 15th and the 16th centuries[6][10][1]
  • Tomás de Torquemada – escaped from Ezio Auditore da Firenze, 1492[8]
  • Rodrigo Borgia – spared by Ezio Auditore da Firenze, 1499[6]
  • Micheletto Corella – spared by Ezio Auditore da Firenze, 1503[10]
  • Charles Vane – spared by Edward Kenway, 1719[14]
  • Woodes Rogers – survived attack by Edward Kenway, 1721[14]
  • Matthew Hague – spared by Edward Kenway, 1723[13]
  • Shay Cormac – failed by Assassins, between 1756-1760[28]
  • Achilles Davenport – spared by Haytham Kenway, 1760[28]
  • Antonio de Ulloa – spared by Aveline de Grandpré, 1768[15]
  • Benedict Arnold – failed by apprentices, 1781[16]
  • Benjamin Franklin – spared by Ratonhnhaké:ton, in alternate reality[18]


On occasion, the Assassins and Templars saved individuals from being killed. The following is a list of targets, the individuals who wanted their death and the person that saved them:

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