Assassin's Creed series
- Developer: Ubisoft Gameloft Griptonite
- Publisher: Ubisoft
- Year: 2007 – 2015
- Genre: Action Adventure
- Platform/s: Various
The Assassin's Creed series features a number of queer characters, with more explicit representation occurring in later titles.
In the original Assassin's Creed, Abu'l Nuquod is one of the assassination targets and it is heavily implied that he is gay, with him being referred to as 'different' and with a scene depicting him caressing a male guard's cheek.
Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood implies that the protoagnist's friend Leonardo Da Vinci is gay, which is based on historical evidence that could be interpretted as such. At one point in the game, Leonardo tells Ezio that women 'provide little distraction', and Ezio does not understand. There is further implication in the Da Vinci Disappearance DLC where Ezio seems to refer to a romantic relationship between Leonardo and his pupil, Salai.
Assassin's Creed Rogue features voice files about Harlan Cunningham and Arend Schut, two assassins. The voice files discuss how Harlan mentored Arend and helped him to come out; they further describe how the pair bonded over the homophobia they had faced previously and became lovers.
Further diversity is included in Assassin's Creed: Syndicate, with the game featuring Jacob, who has been confirmed as canonically bisexual by lead writer Jeffrey Yohalem and by the Assassin's Creed official Tumblr. His sexuality and queer representation more generally has also been written about by Cora Walker on Remeshed. Syndicate also features Ned, who is transgender.
In Assassin's Creed: Odyssey, a new mechanic was introduced that allows the player to have romantic and/or sexual relations with several NPCs across the world if you complete their associated quests. All of these characters (male and female) are available to romance no matter whether you choose to play as Kassandra or Alexios, making both siblings canonically bisexual (though you can also choose to play them as gay or straight and only pursue relations with characters of a specific gender.) Despite this original inclusivity, the release of the game's Shadow Heritage DLC forced the player into an opposite-gender romance as part of the main plot, resulting in a lot of controversy and criticism of the game's creators, Ubisoft. Ubisoft have since apologised for this misstep.