Due to how extensive the franchise of Assassin's Creed is and its ongoing relevance today with the upcoming release of Assassin's Creed Mirage next year, more characters will likely be introduced to the AC roster. There are a plethora of characters in the Assassin's Creed franchise, from humans, historical figures, demigods, and individuals from ancient and powerful civilizations. Many of these characters have different attributes, such as their levels of intelligence.

Understanding how these characters apply such skills in their ventures helps to determine their overall pool of knowledge and their specific type of intellect, both logical or interpersonal. Even smart individuals can make unwise decisions, but those who have a great deal of knowledge and reflection prove to be some of the most intelligent beings in Assassin's Creed.

Warren Vidic

Doctor Warren Vidic of Assassin's Creed I knows when and when not to disclose information to Desmond Miles in the modern day. He is allied with Abstergo and the Animus project, including the Templar Order, sustaining a belief in controlling and leading people's lives.

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While he displays a short temper and an authoritative tone, coming off as condescending, at points, when he is conversing with Miles, he clearly has a level of knowledge and intelligence to be a member of the Inner Circle of the Templars and research genetics. But because Vidic never displayed his wit outside conversations with Miles who later killed him, the doctor ranks as one of the least intelligent Assassin's Creed characters.

Laureano De Torres Y Ayala

In Assassin's Creed Black Flag, Laureano de Torres y Ayala is not just a governor of Cuba, but also a Templar Grand Master, and he conducted plans to discover the location of the Observatory of the first civilization. Torres y Ayala holds himself and treats others with courtesy despite receiving hostility from the individual, and chooses to communicate his beliefs in the Templar Order over fighting.

His cool-headedness and eventual betrayal give him a sense of interpersonal intelligence in the Assassin's Creed canon, as he was able to trick individuals like Edward Kenway to kill a decoy as Torres y Ayala accessed the Observatory. Laureano de Torres y Ayala's intelligence in double-crossing went unsuspected until he was caught and later killed, but he showed a higher intelligence than other characters as his plans worked for some time.

Rodrigo Borgia

Universally ranked as one of the best Assassin's Creed games, Assassin's Creed II, Grand Master Rodrigo Borgia of the Templar Order, is intelligent in his level of cunning and lack of hesitation to eliminate people who are of no use to him firsthand. While his craving for power blinds him and is his eventual undoing, Borgia seeks to take advantage of opportunities presented to him.

Borgia seeing Ezio Auditore on his doorstep and inviting him into his home, for instance, may very well have led to his death as he kills members of the Auditores the following day despite obtaining the documents to save them. Rodrigo Borgia is constantly playing a game of chess with his opponents and has evaded Ezio Auditore for a longer span of time than other Templars and Assassins.

Haytham Kenway

As a part of the Templar Order at a young age, despite his father's teachings of an Assassin, Haytham Kenway stands in opposition to the Creed and challenges their actions in Assassin's Creed III and Rouge. He knew of his son's existence, Conner Kenway, and instead of harboring animosity toward his alliance with the Assassins, Kenway challenged his son on the dissonance of the Creed hurting people in order to protect them.

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Haytham Kenway shows his level-headed intellect in understanding both sides of the Assassins and the Templars, thinks of various outcomes and encourages his son to think for himself. Choosing to teach this to Conner Kenway instead of letting him be executed shows that Haytham Kenway is more intelligent than other characters who have wits but don’t do much with them.

Al Mualim

During Assassin's Creed I, villain Al Mualim efficiently played both sides of the Assassins and the Templars to obtain a Piece of Eden for his own doing. While the ability to manipulate does not equally translate to intelligence, Mualim had mentored Altaïr Ibn-La'Ahad for years, and by extension to not question his loyalty until the student started to think for himself.

Mualim's skill in wielding an Apple of Eden without visible strain alludes to a possible relation to an ancient and intelligent bloodline, but this is not confirmed. Because Mualim’s treachery was a surprise to Altaïr Ibn-La'Ahad, Mualim did a better job at hiding his true colors as this revelation appeared at the end of the game rather than earlier.

Evie Frye

Her book smarts and detective work makes Evie Frye a good contender for one of the most intelligent humans in the Assassin's Creed franchise concerning critical thinking. In the DLC of Assassin's Creed Syndicate: Jack The Ripper, Frye exercises her detective skills to decipher clues and discover the whereabouts of The Ripper through mind games he plays on her.

Because her brother, Jacob Frye, is presumed dead, Evie Frye is alone in this venture as opposed to in the main game of Syndicate. She is, however, able to showcase her intellect for logical reasoning and uses it to find her brother and the Ripper successfully. While Evie Frye certainly can hold her own, her level of intelligence doesn't change much compared to other characters.

Kassandra

Kassandra's Isu lineage in Assassin's Creed Odyssey marks her with a level of intelligence higher than a human's at birth; she's inherently able to better understand and use Pieces of Eden and other ancient artifacts of knowledge and power, such as wielding Herme's staff. She was granted immortality through the staff and subsequently had personal experience of how the world evolved past her time.

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With the great wealth of knowledge and intelligence she possessed, Kassandra understood and fought for the balance of order and chaos to prevent the world's destruction over two thousand years, instructing Layla to do the same before entrusting her with Herme's staff and passing on. Kassandra's initial level of intellect coupled with the actions she chose from such knowledge places her as a highly intelligent demigod.

Ezio Auditore

The trilogy of Ezio Auditore's story in Assassin's Creed II, Brotherhood, and Revelations shows his change from a stubborn young adult to an older, wiser man. Auditore's decision to reach out and accept help from others after attempting to do things himself in AC II and Brotherhood are examples of how he adapts and learns from his past mistakes, by choosing to fix them and better himself for both his own sake and his people.

This growth culminates in Assassin's Creed Revelations, where the protagonist becomes a capable leader and mentor to Assassins and passes his knowledge on to others. While not related to the first civilization, Auditore's intelligence is shown through the decisions he makes to grow and change, which not many humans have the willpower or foresight to do.

Altaïr Ibn-La'Ahad

In the first Assassin's Creed game, protagonist Altaïr Ibn-La'Ahad goes through a great deal of change and growth from being granted the rank of Master Assassin down to a mere novice due to his arrogance in failing to recover a Piece of Eden.

He had learned to think for himself, discovered truths of Templars and the Creed, controlled his ego over time, and used the Pieces of Eden for knowledge rather than power. Later in Assassin's Creed Revelations, Altaïr Ibn-La'Ahad's chose to study such technology while protecting it from people that may misuse it. His experience with Isu technology through the Pieces of Eden gives him a higher level of intelligence than other Assassins, who didn't particularly often dabble with Isu artifacts.

Isu/First Civilization

Told to be an ancient race of the highest intelligence and the first civilization to ever exist in the Assassin's Creed lore, the Isu created humans to use as slaves.

The Isu had initially developed the Pieces of Eden to mind control Homo sapiens and keep them docile, though this backfired when Adam and Eve escaped using a Piece of Eden. This immense use of power equally lends to an immense pool of knowledge for the Isu as a whole. They created life and crafted devices that manipulate a person's state at the will of the user, making them the most intelligent beings in Assassin's Creed.

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