imagine how much power you’d have if you woke up with a clear face and perfect hair every day
Friendly reminder that no one is making you play Assassin’s Creed if you’re upset by the “killing female characters off solely for male development” stigma.
friendly reminder that its okay to criticize and see the flaws of something you enjoy without boycotting it
Annnnd what do you think you’re doing? You’re basically demeaning down a bunch of good characters down to being simple plot devices, while ignoring the entire story as a whole and the historical points within it.
But we’ll just delve more deeply into some of these, shall we?
- Caterina Sforza was historically captured by the Borgia, raped by both Cesare and Rodrigo and later died of pneumonia in 1507.
- Mary Read died historically shortly after giving birth to a daughter in jail; there’s no record of what became of the baby girl.
- Cristina Vespucci was killed during the Bonfire of the Vanities which, historically, was a huge upheaval in Florence at the time. Where anything deigned “ungodly” was destroyed. Cristina was not the only death during that time.
- Maria Auditore dies of natural causes/old age before Rome’s liberated in ACB.
- Maria Thorpe dies protecting her husband - which is after she and Altair lose Malik (beheaded) and one son, Sef (killed and the reason Malik’s killed.)
- Ezio loses the majority of his family - his brothers, father and uncle are all killed in front of him.
- Altair is blamed for Abbas’ father’s suicide and Altair is witness to it.
- Kadar. Need I say more?
- Connor’s mother is killed by Washington’s orders; Connor also loses his father and best friend who’s warped around into trying to kill him.
- Charles Lee’s name mentioned in AC3 (“Boiling Water”) is historical - he is the father of twin boys by a Mohawk woman, who lives.
- Nearly every target in five games is male. There are a handful of female Templar agents and one of whom turns to the Assassins (Fiora Cavazza.)
- Maria Thorpe was a high enough ranked Templar to be deemed worthy to become Robert de Sable’s body guard/double, meaning she would have been a completely capable and skilled fighter.
As compared to…
- Claudia Auditore becomes an Assassin, with her brother’s blessing (which if you’ve played the games, you know Ezio and Claudia are fairly distant through AC2), and later takes over for him during his time in Turkey.
- Maria Auditore is actively involved in helping her husband’s efforts.
- Sofia Sartor helps Ezio thwart the Templar’s efforts to take over Turkey. Not to mention she’s repeatedly shown as being an intelligent and capable woman.
- Equal treatment within the Assassin guilds - Altair’s was the first to openly accept women recruits, a tradition carried on through Ezio’s guilds, Connor’s and the modern ones.
- Aveline de Grandpre is a successful Assassin who kills the leader of the Templars in New Orleans - who is - ironically - also her step-mother.
- Various other side characters (including those from Project Legacy.)
- Not every female character has to be an Assassin and has to fight.
By insinuating that the women of the Assassin’s Creed series are there as merely plot devices for the male characters’ development is actually an insult and missing the bulk of the games, insinuating that I’m advocating for a boycott through my posts pertaining to this is also an insult.
Take some time, replay the games, read the books as horrible as they may be and read up on your history. However, if you feel that you can truly not enjoy the games now for some reason or another, no one is forcing you to play them and you have the choice to put it down/not play them. Don’t warp my words into something they aren’t, which is most certainly not for a boycott of Assassin’s Creed.
okay look I’m a huge fan of the Assassin’s Creed series like you wouldn’t even believe but you’re not “defending good female characters” you’re trying to ignore the fact that while HISTORICALLY THOSE THINGS HAPPENED ubisoft still used them as plot devices to advance a male character’s story
there is a huge difference between how a fandom treats a female character and how the company itself does
the majority of characters you listed barely got any screen time or actual development IN-GAME which is what we’re talking about not how they were in history (because if let’s be real if Ubisoft actually cared that much about history they wouldn’t do this in the first place)
Mary Read is a perfect example of this issue because as James Kidd she got much more screentime, action, and character development and was shown to be able to hold her own but practically instantly after being revealed to be a woman she never appeared on screen again until she was sent to prison and then the next time you see her she fucking dies
Claudia Auditore is probably one of my favorite characters but only because of what the fandom and wiki have told me and not because of actual in-game representation
in the game she shows up only a handful of times and only for a few minutes either sitting there doing nothing or begging for her big brother
yeah she was made an assassin but did you ever see anything more about it in the games besides her standing around?? did you ever see her actually do something to really advance the plot or “save the day”???? no because those moments are reserved for the male protagonists
nearly every single target is male??? is that actually an argument you’re using to defend this shit???? I don’t even know what to say to you
I’m not sure what you were doing when you included male characters and their tragic backstories because it’s not even relevant that Ezio’s brothers and father died when we’re talking about the horrible way Ubisoft treats their female characters but okay
I haven’t personally played Liberation so I can’t talk about this but just the fact that it’s such a small game and they didn’t even bother to put it on a console until like a year later after fans were fucking blowing up about her should say enough
let me rephrase that if you don’t get it
Ubisoft believed that Aveline wasn’t an important enough protagonist to put her game onto an actual console like every single male protag so far
with Cristina and Maria and Mary, they were killed off simply to make the male character sad and have a reason to angst and while you an argue against that all you want you’ll still be looking at them from the interpretation you’ve taken and not how they are actually portrayed in the game
Maria Thorpe probably pisses me off the most because she was a well-respected Templar and did manage to be a high enough rank to be Robert’s double and if you remember that fight as well as everyone else you know she kicked Altair’s fucking ass
but what happened after she was revealed to be a woman?? she fell in love with Altair and threw away all her beliefs and married him and never picked up a sword or defended herself ever again and while that would be okay if it was her decision to do it it was Ubisoft’s decision to make her character that way which is total bullshit
this post has already gotten long enough without me delving into the other characters so maybe I’ll get to that another time and I’m really bad with arguing my point but the thing is that the way a character is said to be, and how Ubisoft actually represents them are two completely different things
if you can’t see the huge problem with the way Ubisoft treats their female characters then maybe you should replay the games yourself instead of brushing it off and telling others that they don’t have their facts straight
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